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ICC Test Rankings: Team India retain the top position after the annual update

May 13, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

India is presently the number one Test team after the annual update of the ICC team rankings. The annual update of the rankings was released on Thursday. India is leading the table after gaining one rating point for an aggregate of 121. The Men in Blue have accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches. Virat Kohli and his team are closely followed by their World Test Championship final opponents, New Zealand. The Kiwis have an aggregate of 120. NZ has amassed 2166 points from 18 Test matches and gained two rating points. India's 2-1 victory over Australia and 3-1 win against England over the past year and New Zealand's 2-0 series win over the West Indies and Pakistan have helped both the teams to keep ahead of the pack. 

England surpassed Australia to the 3rd spot on the Test charts

According to an ICC statement, the latest annual update excludes results of 2017-18. The newest ICC rankings update rates all the Test matches played since May 2020 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent. England is currently placed third with 109 rating points. Australia is ranked fourth with 108 rating points. Pakistan (94) have also gained three points but remained in the fifth position. On the other end, West Indies (84), who defeated Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in the series played this year, have jumped two spots to sixth. This is their best position since 2013. South Africa (80) and Sri Lanka (78) have dropped a place each to seventh and eighth positions, respectively. They are then followed by Bangladesh (46), who have lost five points and Zimbabwe (35), who have gained eight points. 

India and New Zealand will face each other in the maiden World Test Championship final at Southampton's Ageas Bowl. The most awaited series is going to commence from June 18 to 22. India and New Zealand qualified for the last encounter after coming first and second in the WTC standings. The men in blue ended with the highest percentage points, whereas New Zealand came second to set up the thrilling clash. The Indian cricket team has experienced only one loss in its ICC World Test Championship campaign so far. That defeat came against NZ in 2020. India is currently leading the tournament points table with 72.2% points, whereas New Zealand is placed second with 70.0%.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh