Captain Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team stamped their supremacy thrice in a row when announced as the World’s No.1 Test team on Monday when they finished atop every other team in the ICC (International Cricket Council) points table dated till April 1.
However, the New Zealand Test team with their consistent performances in the year jumped a place higher to finish runners up in the ICC list.
After retaining the ICC Test mace again, the Indian captain said, “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on the top of the Test rankings. We all know of the importance of test cricket and how only the best can prosper in the format.”
Kohli added, “Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test Match cricket.”
New Zealand had a difference of 8 points from India and South Africa finished third this time while being in the second place for the previous two times.
However, Australia sneaked ahead of England in some decimals grabbing the 4th slot.
ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated Team India and said, “Test cricket has been enjoying a purple patch over the last couple of years with more positive results than ever and a genuine competitive balance between nations. The World Test Championship gets underway in August and will give fans greater context for all Test cricketing providing an undisputed conclusion to some of the most renowned cricket rivalries in the international game.”
He added, “Nine Test nations will compete across 27 series and 71 Test matches to reach the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2021 where the World Test Champions to be crowned.”