Series win hands India No 1 ranking

Kolkata: India has won the second test against New Zealand and reclaimed the No. 1 ICC test ranking at Eden Gardens on Monday. Points gained from victories in Kanpur and Kolkata Test matches saw Indian team to move ahead of Pakistan and regain the ICC No 1 Test ranking.

India will hold on to the top ranking when the ICC announces its updated ratings, irrespective of how the third and final Indore Test pans out.

India is leading the series against New Zealand 2-0, with one more Test match to play on Friday in Indore.

Pakistan are placed second followed by Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

After New Zealand series, England will play five Test match series in India starting November 9. India will be playing next eleven Test matches at home.

“Lovely Test match, a brilliant Test wicket, apart from the variable bounce here and there, it will get better and better,” Captain Virat Kohli said during presentation.

“Our objective is to keep playing consistent cricket, having rankings and getting to number one and dropping it is not in our hands, but with this long season, it’s in our control in my opinion,” he added.

Wicket-keeper batsman, Wriddhiman Saha was adjudged man-of-the-match for his sterling contributions with both bat and glove work. He scored half centuries in both the innings.

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