Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India has regained the numero uno position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Rankings after the annual update on Thursday, May 13. India is leading the charts with New Zealand at the 2nd spot with the two teams set to meet in the final of the World Test Championship in June in England.
India has gained one rating point for an aggregate of 121 and New Zealand is only one point behind the Indian team despite gaining a couple of points in Thursday’s update, which eliminates results from 2017-18. The latest update, which rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 percent and those of the previous two years at 50 percent, according to an ICC release.
Notably, India has managed to retain its position, thanks to their famous 2-1 series win in Australia. India also hammered England at home 3-1, coming back from a massive defeat in the first Test of the series in Chennai. New Zealand is at the 2nd spot after having beaten West Indies and Pakistan 2-0 at home.
Pakistan has gained three points but remains in the fifth position while the West Indies, who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year, have moved from eighth to sixth, their best position since 2011.
ICC Test Rankings (Teams – As on May 13, 2021)
|2||New Zealand||120 (+2)|
|6||West Indies||84 (+3)|
|7||South Africa||80 (-9)|
|8||Sri Lanka||78 (-5)|
Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson is still leading the ICC Batting Rankings in Tests. India skipper Virat Kohli is at the 5th spot while Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma are tied in the 6th place. Steve Smith is at the 2nd position while Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Root retain the 3rd and 4th spots.
Pat Cummins leads the bowler’s rankings followed by India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.