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India become world No.1 Test side, claim top spot across formats




India defeated Australia in the first test match played in Nagpur© BCCI

India claimed the top spot in the latest ICC Test rankings after winning the first Test match against Australia in Nagpur. Thanks to the comprehensive win, Rohit Sharma and Co. currently have 115 points – 4 points ahead of the second-placed Aussies. In third place, England are currently on 106 points but they will have a chance to improve their position against New Zealand in the Test series starting February 16. The win also meant that the Indian spin duo – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – improved their rankings massively with impressive spells on a pitch that aided their bowling.

The Indian cricket team is currently at the top of the rankings in all three formats of the game.

Ashwin inched closer to regaining the top spot in the bowlers’ rankings while Jadeja moved up the rankings. The two spinners kept the Australian batsmen at bay with a combined 15 wickets.

Ashwin took 5/37 in the second innings to go along with 3/42 earlier in the match. Currently, Australia captain Pat Cummins is on top of the rankings but Ashwin is just 21 rating points behind him.

Rising West Indies spinner Gudakesh Moti announced himself with 19 wickets in two Tests against Zimbabwe and has jumped 77 places to 46th position after just three Tests, according to the official ICC website. India captain Rohit Sharma also saw benefits in his position as his brilliant century against Australia in Nagpur saw the right-handed batsman jump from 10th to eighth position.

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