Virat Kohli just one point behind Steve Smith in Test rankings after career-best 254 not out

India captain Virat Kohli has closed to within one point of top-ranked Steve Smith in the ICC Test batting standings after his career-best 254 not out against South Africa.

Kohli’s seventh Test double century – an Indian record – has taken him onto 936 points and he could usurp Smith, who has 937, after next week’s third Test against the Proteas in Ranchi.

The 30-year-old’s side hammered South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune to seal a record 11th home Test series win in a row.

Mayank Agarwal scored a double ton in the first Test and a century in the second to leap to 17th in the standings – he is the fourth-highest ranked Indian, behind Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (4th) and Ajinkya Rahane (9th).

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