New Delhi: India have reclaimed the No.1 spot in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings after Sri Lanka demolished Australia by 163 runs in Colombo to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
Australia, who receievd the Test championship mace before the start of the series slipped from the numero uno spot to now rest on third while Pakistan, who drew their four-Test series against England, 2-2, climbed to No.2. India, who have already clinched the Test series against West Indies after victories in Antigua and St. Lucia, benefited from Australia’s insipid batting on Sri Lanka’s raging turners.
However, Virat Kohli’s men will have to win the final Test in Trinidad; a 3-0 margin over the West Indies will help India retain the top spot. The second Test of the series was drawn after rain Storm Earl played truant for better parts of the match.
India have been in sensational form in Test cricket recenly and have not lost a five-day match in over a year. Kohli, who took over as Test skipper after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired in 2014, has overseen historic series triumphs over Sri Lanka, then world number one South Africa and West Indies.
This has been a great run for India in Test cricket. Ajinkya Rahane, who was recommended for the Arjuna Award, moved to a career-best No. 8 in the Test batting rankings while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is ranked No. 2 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers and No. 1 in the ICC rankings for all-rounders.