Indian Batsmen with No. 1 Spot in the ICC Test Rankings

Virat Kohli claimed the no.1 after scoring 149 and 51 in 1st Test against England.

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Virat Kohli again created the buzz in the media as he claimed the No.1 spot in Test Rankings. This followed after Kohli smashed a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second.

Despite his tremendous efforts, India was on the losing side against England in the 1st Test Match at Edgebaston.

Not many players from India had the fortune of achieving this feat. This is definitely not because of the lack in quality of Indian Players in Tests. But the major reason for this remains the fact that very few Indian batsmen have been successful in overseas conditions. India has produced greats when it comes to playing in sub-continent. It’s just that players have struggled to deliver consistently outside Asia.

But one thing everyone must remember that Test Cricket serves to be the most difficult format of the sport. It checks individuals patience, stamina, batting class, and moreover the temperament.

Even though Indian players keep on struggling in overseas conditions, 7 of the Indian Test Batsmen have successfully attained number 1 position at some point in their career.

Here’s the list of these great legends of Indian Batting line-up who have been at the NO.1 in Test Rankings:

Sunil Gavaskar


The Little Master achieved the number 1 Test Rankings in the year 1979 during the match against England. Gavaskar was able to achieve a career-high rating of 916 points during his successful career.

Dilip Vengsarkar


One of the most prolific Indian Batsmen, Sir Vengsarkar attained the first position in Tests during a match against New Zealand in the year 1988. The Indian legend achieved a maximum rating of 837 points.

Sachin Tendulkar


There’s no record that the Master Blaster would not have broken. During his 20 years of career, Sachin sat at the top seat in Test Ranking for as many as 10 times.

He also finished at the top of this list for 3 times at the end of the year, in 1994, 1998 and 2000 respectively.

Rahul Dravid


Dravid remains to be the best Test batsman India has ever produced. He was equally successful in both the Sub-continental and foreign conditions.

Dravid occupied the no.1 spot in Tests in the year 2005 while he was playing against Pakistan.

Gautam Gambhir


Gautam Gambhir may not be able to feature in Indian National Team ahead, but he definitely was a great left-hander who contributed in India’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup wins.

Gambhir attained the no.1 position in Tests during a tour of Sri Lanka in 2009. He had consistently delivered both in sub-continent and overseas conditions.

Virender Sehwag


India’s best explosive opener, Virender Sehwag claimed the first spot in Tests Ranking in the very next year after Gambhir. Sehwag had an impressive rating of 866 at that point in time.

Virat Kohli

Kohli recently achieved this feat playing against England. He scored magnificently in both the innings of the first Test Match. He scored 149 and 51, a total 200, despite which the No.1 Ranked Team India could not win the test.


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