India secures No 1 spot in Test rankings, overtakes New Zealand
- India beat New Zealand in dominant fashion to become the numer 1 Test team
- Exceptional performances from Ashwin, Mayank and Jayant ensured victory
- India avenged the WTC loss against NZ
The Indian cricket team has become the number one ranked Test team after handing a heavy defeat to New Zealand in the second match of a two-Test series. Virat Kohli's men sit on top of the ranking table with 3,465 points and a rating of 124 ahead of second placed Kiwis.
Mayank Agarwal and Ravichandran Ashwin had a big role to play in the victory. The opener's 150 run stand in the first innings ensured stability in the batting line-up while it was work as usual for Ashwin.
The Indian spin sensation took eight wickets in the match (four in both innings). Ashwin dismantled the top order with support from Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav.
Wridhiman Saha completed an excellent stumping and the home side went on to win the match by 372 runs.
The Indians came out on top in the home series and avenged the World Test Championship loss to New Zealand which broke hearts earlier this year.
The third position in the ranking is occupied by Australia and the top five is rounded off with England and Pakistan in the fourth and fifth spot respectively.
India lost the throne of being the number one Test side in May 2020 when records of the 2016/17 reason were eliminated. In order to retain the number one spot India needed to register victory over New Zealand with less than an hour’s play left to take New Zealand’s last five wickets.
The difficult Mumbai pitch made it next to impossible for the Kiwis to stay on the pitch for long.
However, the Kiwis have a cause to be happy. Their Indian origin spinner Ajaz Patel took all ten wickets in the first innings of the match and became the part of an elite list which includes just two other legends - Anil Kumble and Jim Laker.