The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday released the latest ICC Rankings for T20I, ODI, and Test formats. India embraced a stunning record after their splendid victory in the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy test match against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur. The Men in Blue surged to the 1st position in ICC Test Rankings and subsequently achieved the top spot in all three formats of the game.
India was previously ranked the No. 1 T-20I team for a brief period of time. After their classical 3-0 victory against New Zealand in the recently concluded ODI series, India surged in the ODI Rankings as well and grabbed the top spot. India is now the highest-ranked cricket-playing nation across the globe.
India’s red-ball and white-ball success has been highly commanding as they have overpowered heavyweight sides in the recent past.
To retain their top spot in the Test rankings, India needs to assure a victory against Australia in the upcoming second test match in Delhi. With a victory at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, India will also inch one step further to qualify for the World Test Championship Final 2023 in England. India needs to win the series by 3-1 or 3-0 to ensure an assured qualification.
Apart from the team rankings, Indian players also excelled in the player rankings.
Highlights of the latest ICC Rankings
- Ravichandran Ashwin who claimed eight wickets in the first test moved to the second position in the Test bowlers rankings and is only 21 points away from the top-placed Pat Cummins.
- Ravindra Jadeja retained his No. 1 position in the Test All-Rounders rankings after his heroics in the first test. For his crucial five-wicket haul, Jadeja moved 4 places up and claimed the 16th position in the Test bowler rankings.
- India’s skipper and Centurion Rohit Sharma surged two spots to the eighth position for his stupendous 120-run knock.
- All-Rounder Axar Patel had scalped a wicket and anchored a sizzling 84-run knock. For that, he climbed six positions and claimed the seventh position in the All-Rounders rankings.
- Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith retained their first and second position in the Test batting rankings after a satisfactory show in the first test.
- Australia’s opening pair Usman Khwaja and David Warner slipped to the 10th and 20th positions respectively after their sluggish performance in the last game.