Kohli rises to career-best 9th in ICC rankings

Virat-KohliDubai, Feb 19 : India's Virat Kohli has moved up two places to a career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings released Wednesday, breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career.

His rise came following the knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test against New Zealand which ended Tuesday. Kohli joins seventh-ranked teammate Cheteshwar Pujara as the only two Indian batsmen inside the top-10. Pujara, however, has dropped a place after Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq overtook him in the charts.

Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane also showed remarkable rise, leaping 15 places to 46th.

Off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin remained India's highest ranked bowler at No. 10 despite dropping two places as he was not picked in the playing XI for the two Tests against New Zealand. Ashwin, however, remains the No. 1 ranked all-rounder in the world.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is the second best ranked Indian bowler at No. 12 despite slipping a place.(IANS)