- For this first time since October 2016, India is not 1st in ICC Test Rankings
- Pakistan, too, have lost their 1st position in the T20I ranking of ICC
- India retains its ranking in ODIs
For the first time since October 2016, India has lost its No. 1 ranking in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Rankings for Test. Australia has dethroned India to take the 1st position on the table in the longest format of the game as the list was updated on 1st May 2020.
India has now slipped to the 3rd place on the ICC Tests rankings with Australia sitting comfortably at the 1st position and New Zealand at 2nd spot. However, the points difference between the three teams in next to nothing as Australia has 116 points, New Zealand has 115 and India 114.
In a statement, ICC said, “India have yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update,”.
It added, “They had won all five series during this period including against Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to South Africa as well as to India in the same period.”
India’s last international test series was against New Zealand in which India was beaten 2-0 and it was the only major overseas series of 2020 for India before the COVID-19 put a stop on all sporting events globally.
However, India is still leading the ICC World Test Championship, a league which comprises of 6 series played by each of the top 9 tests teams.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has been dethroned as the ICC T20I best team as Australia, here as well, takes the 1st spot. Australia with 278 points comfortably sits at the first position and it is the first time that Australia has attained 1st position in ICC T20I Ranking since the game format was introduced back In 2011.
Pakistan who, in 2018, dethroned New Zealand and spent 27 months at 1st position and have now slipped to 4th.
England moves to the 2nd place with 268 points, and India ranks 3rd, jumping one spot with 266 points.
Coming to the ICC ODI rankings, India has retained its 2nd spot and is behind the current ICC One Day International World Cup winners, England who increased its lead from 6 points to 8 points.