Number-One Ranked Batsman in World – Virat Kohli & India Retain Top Spot
On Wednesday, England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the latest ICC Test rankings.
Cook was awarded the man of the match for his scores of 71 and 147 in the fifth Test against India, helping his team win the match by 118 runs and register a 4-1 win in the series. Cook also became only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches.
This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest rankings. Cook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.
The former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs than him in the pinnacle format. Jacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th place.