India have become the No. 1-ranked team across all formats after displacing Australia to take the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, released Wednesday. India have achieved the feat of being the top-ranked team in Tests, T20Is and ODIs simultaneously, with captain Rohit Sharma becoming the first-ever Indian captain to pull off this remarkable feat.
India currently have 115 rating points, followed by Australia (111), England (106) and New Zealand (100). This is the first time India have attained the No.1 ranking in all formats at the same time. India had attained the No.1 ranking in ODIs last month after they beat New Zealand 3-0 at home.
India’s players also gained big in individual rankings. Ravichandran Ashwin climbed to the second spot in the Test bowler rankings, 21 rating points behind Australia captain Pat Cummins and a return to the No.1 ranking for the first time since 2017. Ashwin ensured India wrapped up their stunning victory before tea on the third day, as the veteran off-spinner took 5/37 in the second innings to go with 3/42 earlier in the match. Ravindra Jadeja also played an important role with 5/47 in the first innings and 2/34 in the second innings.
Rohit Sharma has been rewarded for his match-defining ton in Nagpur with a rise from 10th to 8th in the Men’s Test Batting Rankings. India will still need to beat Australia in the next Test in New Delhi to hold on to the top spot and strengthen their chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship final in June in England.
India’s historic achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication in the game and their captain’s inspiring leadership.
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