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Team India retains No.1 Test Ranking, Virat Kohli reaches new heights

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Team India has retained the pole position in the ICC Test Rankings and Virat Kohli and Co. will also receive an award of $1 million as they are set to remain No.1 at the cutoff date of April 3. This will be the second straight year that India will receive the prestigious mace and the award.

Although India lost the Test series against South Africa by a margin of 2-1 yet their victory in the 3rd and final Test in Johannesburg has ensured that they will maintain their No.1 position for the award from ICC. South Africa, who are placed No.2, have a Test series coming up against Australia but even if the Proteas go on to win the series 4-0, they won’t overtake India.

Had India lost the series 3-0, they would still be the table-toppers but South Africa would have been only behind in terms of decimal points and would have had a chance of becoming No.1 by beating Australia by a margin of 2-0 or better.

When it comes to players’ rankings, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has grown even stronger in terms of the rating. The second-ranked batsman now has a rating of 912 as opposed to 900 before the series. Only Sunil Gavaskar had achieved a higher rating of 916 amongst the Indian batsmen. Australian captain Steve Smith continues to lead the chart with a rating of 947.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gained massively from his superb outing in the Rainbow Nation as he has entered the top 20 rankings for the first time. In the all-rounder’s rankings as well, he has risen 8 places to reach No.12.

ICC Test Teams’ Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 India 44 5313 121
2 South Africa 39 4484 115
3 Australia 40 4174 104
4 New Zealand 35 3489 100
5 England 49 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 43 4058 94
7 Pakistan 34 2988 88
8 West Indies 36 2606 72
9 Bangladesh 23 1651 72
10 Zimbabwe 14 12 1


ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Steve Smith Australia 947
2 Virat Kohli India 912
3 Joe Root England 881
4 Kane Williamson New Zealand 855
5 David Warner Australia 827
6 Cheteshwar Pujara India 810
7 Hashim Amla South Africa 771
8 Azhar Ali Pakistan 755
9 Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka 743
10 Alastair Cook England 742


ICC Test Bowlers’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 James Anderson England 887
2 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 875
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 844
4 Josh Hazlewood Australia 814
5 Ravichandran Ashwin India 803
6 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 799
7 Vernon Philander South Africa 791
8 Neil Wagner New Zealand 784
9 Morne Morkel South Africa 773
10 Mitchell Starc Australia 769


ICC Test All-Rounders’ Rankings

Rank Player Team Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 438
2 Ravindra Jadeja India 391
3 Ravichandran Ashwin India 368
4 Ben Stokes England 358
5 Vernon Philander South Africa 322
6 Moeen Ali England 297
7 Mitchell Starc Australia 291
8 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 216
9 Jason Holder Windies 208
10 Dilruwan Perera Sri Lanka 206


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