Sunil Gavaskar is the only other Indian batsman to cross the 900-mark.
ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 Virat Kohli on Thursday became only the second Indian batsman after former India captain Sunil Gavaskar to reach the 900-point mark in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released after the conclusion of the second Test between India and South Africa. Gavaskar, an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, had achieved the milestone after his 50th Test when he scored 13 and 221 at The Oval in 1979 and had jumped from 887 points to 916 points, which remained his career-best. Kohli, who recorded his 21st century at Centurion, achieved the rare feat in his 65th Test after vaulting from 880 points to 900 points.
Other than Kohli and Gavaskar, India cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were the other two India batsmen who came close to the 900-point mark but fell short. Tendulkar had achieved 898 points in 2002, while Dravid achieved 892 points in 2005.
Kohli is only the 31st batsman in the history of Test cricket to reach 900 points. Don Bradman tops the table with 961 points, followed by Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs (both 942).
Kohli also pushed England cricket captain Joe Root into the second position as the top four slots continued to be occupied by Test captains who have all played in past ICC U19 Cricket World Cups.