Virat Kohli dethrones Steve Smith to become top ranked Test batsman

Virat Kohli dethrones Steve Smith to become top ranked Test batsman

Virat Kohli dethrones Steve Smith to become top ranked Test batsman

He is different a brilliant batsman and quite intelligent.

Sam Curran said the experience of losing his father as a teenager and playing cricket with his brothers lay behind his leading role in England's dramatic 31-run win in the first Test against India at Edgbaston.

However, at 934 points, Kohli has become India's highest-ranked batsman, 14th overall, on the all-time tally of points.

"I think Kohli is best in the world and anyone who averages 50-plus in all three formats must be a very, very fine player".

England skipper Joe Root was thrilled with the result.

While every defeat hurts, Brearley feels that this loss will be a "learning experience" for Kohli. He is second to Kohli among the Indians and the team needs to persist with the vice-captain.

"I ve got no concerns about it - Ben has no concerns about it (either)", he said.

Kohli's leadership divides opinion but Brearley is happy with what he sees.

There were other freakish decisions taken by the Team India management on the South African tour. He is keen, and hawk-eyed. 87-7, come on Kohli you were so defensive.

Stokes' value was underlined a year ago when he became the Indian Premier League's most expensive foreign player after the Rising Pune Supergiant signed him for 1.7 million pounds ($2.2 million). "Will that be good for him and Indian cricket in the longer run", Brearley questioned. The openers didn't play their part while the middle-order lineup of KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik fumbled about as if they didn't know what their objective in the team was in the first place. Virat Kohli and his company fought a fierce battle at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Brearley found some similarities between Kohli and former Australian captain Ian Chappell.

"It's possible. That was said of Ian Chappell because he was very aggressive and not short of a word or two in the batsman's ear".

"[In my second innings] I was just trying to take a bit of inspiration from Virat Kohli to be honest", he said.

He would have chosen Cheteshwar Pujara at No. 3 ahead of K.L. Rahul for the first Test, says Brearley.

"This chopping and changing goes against my gut feeling".

With 35 wickets having tumbled inside three days, England will be hoping they can grab the five remaining Indian wickets quickly on day four so that they can mark their 1000th test with a victory.

At the outset of the match, Anderson was expected to come out looking the better player in his rivalry with the Indian, it was as though England had forgotten about the rest of their bowling order. It was only after successive losses in the first two Tests, that Rahane was brought back and contributed to India winning the third and final Test at Johannesburg.Pujara, who came in at one-down, also played a crucial role in Team India's win by keeping the South African pace squad at bay on a very hard pitch. "You cancelled the two-day games and you were thrashed in the first two games". Wriddhiman Saha plays only Test cricket.

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