Team India got dethroned from the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time in nearly 4 years after cricket’s apex body announced the latest rankings on Friday. Virat Kohli’s team had cemented the top spot since October 2016.
In the latest update, that takes into account all games played since May 2019 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent, Australia (116) have taken over from India as the top ranked side in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India now sit 3rd with 114 points.
With only 2 points separating them, this is the second closest the top three teams have been since the Test rankings were launched in 2003. The closest for the top three teams was in January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point.
India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were nullified in the latest update. The men in blue emerged victorious in each of the five series during this period including the ones against Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to South Africa as well as to India during the same period.
The Proteas have suffered the biggest slump of all, falling by 8 points, which sees them drop below Sri Lanka into 6th. They had won three series in the aforementioned period, while losing 8 in 9 Tests since February 2019.
India still lead the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine Test sides.
In the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, reigning World champions England (127) have increased their lead over India from six to eight points. New Zealand remain in third place, three points behind India. The top ten rankings remain unchanged.