Tigers benefit in new Test rankings

Geronimo Vena
Mag 19, 2017

South Africa are in second position but have cut down the deficit.

Kohli's side has enjoyed a magnificent 2016-2017 home series as they won four Test series.

India retained their number one position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings following the annual update in which series results from 2013-14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series are weighted at 50 per cent.

Sri Lanka are at seventh spot while West Indies are at eight. The 2-1 series win over Australia gave Kohli's side the unique distinction of holding bilateral series wins over all Test playing nations. However, the deficit has been trimmed to six points.

In recent matches, India registered series wins against West Indies when they visited the Caribbean past year while thumped New Zealand, England and Australia in home series. As per the latest ICC update, India gained one ranking point while South Africa jumped from 109 to 117 points.

England also dropped a couple of points after suffering their first loss to Bangladesh, and losing 0-4 to India in 2016/17.

Sri Lanka is seventh on 91 points (up by one), West Indies eighth on 75 points (up by five), Bangladesh ninth on 69 points (up by three) and Zimbabwe 10th with zero points (down by five).

In the latter half of the table, Pakistan slipped to 93 from 97 rating points to take the sixth position, while the Lankans are just behind their Asian rivals.

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