Virat Kohli surpassed Steven Smith to stand as the top test batsman by his performance against England. He slammed his 22nd century in the test format by slamming 149 in the Edgbaston test. He played a rock solid innings by slamming 51 in the second innings as well but the team lost the game by a minor margin of 31 runs.
He is the first Indian batsman and the seventh player overall to climb to the top rank after Sachin Tendulkar in the ICC rankings after 2011. Kohli gained 31 points to achieve this position by his aggregate of 200 runs in the first test match. He earlier surpassed Steven Smith by 5 points but could not keep up his position in December 2015.
Steven Smith stood as the top test batsman for 32 months. Kohli played 67 test matches to attain this position. Sachin Tendulkar attained top position in the test format along with Jacques Kallis but could not keep up his position I January 2011 as he missed out the test series against West Indies that year.
Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Dileep Vengsarkar, and Virender Sehwag attained top position in the test format other than Kohli and Tendulkar from India. Virat Kohli gained 934 points and he is the highest ranked Indian batsman.
On the other hand, Kohli slammed 149 runs and surpassed Sunil Gavaskar by attaining 31 points from the first test match. He was at 903 points before the England tour. Kohli is 18 points ahead of Gavaskar.
Virat Kohli is the captain of Indian U19 team that won the world cup in 2008 and later he won Sir Garfield Sobers Tournament. He won the ICC player of the year award 2017. Sam Curran also climbed to the 72nd position from the 152nd position in the ICC ratings for test players by slamming 63 runs in the second innings of Edgbaston test. He also took five wickets to attain the 62nd place in bowler rankings. Jonny Bairstow attained 12th position and shares his place with Craig Braithwaite.
After Edgbaston test, Alistair Cook slipped to the seventeenth position, Rahane slipped to 22nd position and KL Rahul slipped to 19th position in the ICC ratings. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are at 25th position and Ben Stokes fell to 33rd position.
Stuart Board is in 13th position and Mohammed Shami climbed to 19th position. Ben Stokes made up to his poor batting performance by picking six wickets in the first test match. Ravichandran Ashwin gained 14 points and stood at fifth place in rankings for bowlers and trails South African bowler Vernon Philander by just one point. Ishant Sharma gained 19 points to stand by his teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 25th position.