India captain Virat Kohli maintained his slender six-point lead over Steve Smith while speedster Jasprit Bumrah made his maiden entry into the top-10 of the latest ICC Test rankings released on Tuesday. India beat West Indies by a huge margin of 318 runs to take a lead in the Test series in the Caribbean islands. India's big win over the Windies gives them a huge boost in terms of the points scored in the ICC Test Championship table, allowing the Men in Blue to be the frontrunners at the beginning of their Test championship campaign. England's fortunes too picked up after Ben Stokes played an impeccable winning knock of 135 runs to see England over the line.
The top-ranked Kohli has 910 points while Smith, with 904, is placed second. Kane Williamson and Cheteshwar Pujara are distant third and fourth respectively. The biggest gainer, however, was all-rounder Ben Stokes following his stupendous effort in the third Test against Australia at Headingley. It has helped him reach career-best positions among batsmen and all-rounders. He is now 13th among batsmen and second among all-rounders. Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, with scores of 81 and 102 in the first Test against the West Indies, jumped 10 places to be 11th in the list. Bumrah, the fastest Indian pacer to 50 wickets, is now seventh in the bowlers' list after a leap of nine places owing to his five-wicket haul against the West Indies.
It all happened when a beautiful delivery from Nathan Lyon completely deceived Ben Stokes as he attempted a glorious sweep shot and missed the ball completely and was struck on his pads. England needed two runs to win with one wicket left. The Australians were confident that they had got their man and appealed for the wicket. Nonetheless, Joel Wilson was not on the same page with the Aussies and ruled the decision in Stokes's favour. What added insult to injury was that when replays were shown, there were three reds and the Hawk-Eye suggested that Ben Stokes was plumb in front of the wicket. When Joel Wilson had ruled the decision against Australia, the reason why they did not review it is that they had no review left. In fact, just a few overs ago, the visitors had wasted their final review on number 11 batsman Jack Leach.