Virat Kohli cops embarrassing new blow after England Test drama

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Virat Kohli, pictured here after India's loss in the fifth Test against England.
Virat Kohli looks on after India's loss in the fifth Test against England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has fallen outside the world's top-10 ranked batters for the first time in nearly six years as his run-scoring drought continued in the fifth Test against England.

The former India captain made scores of 11 and 20 as England pulled off a record run chase to win the rescheduled fifth Test.

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It has now been over 950 days since Kohli last scored a century at international level, and on Wednesday the news got even worse for the star batter.

The ICC has since updated its Test match rankings, seeing Kohli drop outside of the top-10 for batters.

The 33-year-old has fallen four places and is now the 13th-ranked batter in the world - the first time since November 2016 that he's been outside the top-10.

The biggest mover in the latest rankings update was England batter Jonny Bairstow, who has rocketed up 11 places to No.10.

Bairstow starred in the fifth Test as England pulled off their highest successful run chase in Test history, coasting to a series-levelling seven-wicket victory at Edgbaston.

Chasing 378 for victory, England went into the final day needing 119 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Joe Root - the No.1 batter in the world - smashed a masterful 142 not out, forging a mammoth 269-run partnership for the unbroken fourth wicket with Bairstow.

Bairstow's unbeaten 114 was his second hundred of the match as England triumphed with two sessions to spare.

England's previous highest successful run chase came in 2019 when they reached a 359-run target in the Ashes against Australia on the back of Ben Stokes' brilliant unbeaten century.

Rishabh Pant, who blasted a century in the first innings at Edgbaston, has moved up five spots in the rankings as a result to be No.5 in the world.

Media savages India after loss to England

India's media came down heavily on their cricketers on Wednesday, calling the bowlers too wayward and questioning Kohli's place in the side.

After looking to be in control of the fifth Test, India were bowled out for 245 in their second innings, setting up England's record chase.

"The visitors were simply too flat, and their bowlers too wayward," wrote the Times of India in a report headlined 'New England break new ground'.

The paper noted that in the last two away Tests against South Africa, Indian seamers, billed as the "best ever", had failed to bowl with intensity or accuracy in the fourth innings.

Kohli has been going through a prolonged lean patch and has not hit a century since 2019, with the Hindu daily saying it is time India addressed the elephant in the room.

Virat Kohli, pictured here walking off the field after being dismissed in the fifth Test between India and England.
Virat Kohli walks off the field after being dismissed in the fifth Test between India and England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

"Their next Test is in December, but will Kohli do what a Cheteshwar Pujara did and play enough first-class cricket in the meantime to rediscover his touch and form?" the paper asked.

The publication said India suffered in the absence of 'Shazball', the previous combination of Ravi Shastri as coach and Kohli as captain, a spinoff on 'Bazball' - the nickname for the aggressive brand of cricket played under England's new coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Stokes.

India were led by seamer Jasprit Bumrah in the Test for the first time in the absence of Rohit Sharma, who tested positive for Covid-19.

"Yet one can't shake off the feeling that India reneged on Shazball, and a captain leading for the first time was placed in a difficult position," the Hindu said.

"Gone was the aggression and command of the Virat Kohli years - although the then captain did go over the top often - and the team is left with more questions than answers."

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