ICC Rankings: Virat Kohli returns in Top 10; Ashwin and Jadeja maintain dominance

The South African camp also had reason to celebrate with Dean Elgar, who is playing the last match of their international carrier, made a return to the Top 20.

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Indian stalwart Virat Kohli has roared back into the top 10 of the latest ICC Test batting rankings. Kohli's solid performances in the first Test against South Africa, where he hammered 38 runs in the first innings and a crucial 76 runs knock in the second innings on a challenging track, propelled him four spots to ninth position.

The 35-year-old is looking for a resurgence of his international form, who had briefly slipped out of the top 10 in the previous year. While he still has a gap of 103 rating points to bridge with table topper New Zealand's ace batter Kane Williamson.

Rohit Sharma slips to 14th 

On the other hand, Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma's struggle continued. Scoring a mere five runs in the first innings and a duck in the second, Sharma slipped down to 14th position in the rankings. While, KL Rahul who is doing the wicket-keeper batsman role for the first time on South African soil, had a memorable outing with a century in the first innings. The brilliant tons pushed him 11 places up to 51st in the batter's ranking.

Jadeja, Ashwin maintains top spots

Meanwhile, India maintained its stranglehold with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja holding onto their top positions. Ashwin, despite a relatively quiet one-wicket haul in Centurion, remains the undisputed king of Test spin bowling. Jadeja, who missed the first Test in the South Africa tour due to injury, continues to shine as he solidified his position as the top-ranked all-rounder with the compatriot Ashwin closely following in second.

Dean Elger breaks into Top 20

The South African camp also had reason to celebrate with Dean Elgar, who is playing the last match of their international carrier, made a return to the Top 20. Elgar's magnificent 185 runs innings in Centurion propped him a staggering 19 places to 17th. The stellar performance ensures that Elgar will likely bid farewell to Test cricket with a place Top 20.

Meanwhile, the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan resulted in minor movements in the batting rankings. Mitchell Marsh's aggressive batting display earned him a 16-place jump to 52nd, while Mohammad Rizwan's fiery knock helped him climb four places up the ladder. Interestingly, Travis Head managed to retain his Top 10 spot with a slight dip in his rating.