For any cricket fan, the news of Team India’s recent success in the ICC Rankings is nothing short of a dream come true. After decades of hard work and dedication, India has earned its rightful place as the number one team in all formats of the game. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how exactly Team India managed to achieve this remarkable feat.
There are huge benefits to Team India’s massive innings and 132-run victory over Australia in the first Test of the four-match series at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Rohit Sharma’s side has now risen to the top of the rankings for all three formats of the game due to that victory.
The updated ranking released on Wednesday (February 15) shows India leapfrogging the Cummins-led Australians in Test cricket, where India have 115 ranking points, compared to 111 for the Aussies. England are in third place with 106 rankings points.
ODI and T20I crickets are already ranked No. 1 with 114 and 267 points respectively. Australia is ranked No. 2 in ODI cricket with 112 points, while England is ranked 2nd in T20I cricket after winning the World Cup in 2022.
The Indian cricket fans had no good news to look forward to. Ravichandran Ashwin’s brilliant bowling performance has helped him rise to the second spot in the bowlers’ rankings. Ashwin has 846 rating points compared to Australian skipper Cummins, who has 867 points. Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the four-match Test series, has 803 points.
The second Test against Australia begins at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday (February 17). India needs to win the Test series by at least two games to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.
As a result, the 36-year-old has climbed to the second spot in the Test bowler rankings, 21 rating points behind Australia skipper Pat Cummins, and is back in the No.1 ranking for India for the first time in 2018.
Despite Ashwin’s performance in the last session, Jadeja did most of the damage on the first day of the Test with 5/47, including Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. As the spin twins dismissed Australia’s top seven batters in the second innings, Ravindra Jadeja took 2/34 to partner with Ashwin, leaving them reeling at 67/7 before being all out for just 91.
Conclusion: India’s Unprecedented Achievement
India is the No. 1 team in the world in all formats of the game. This is an unprecedented achievement for any team, let alone India.
India has been the No. 1 Test team for a while now, but they have also claimed the top spot in ODIs and T20Is. This is a testament to their all-round capabilities and makes them a strong contender for the ICC World Cup next year.
The Indian cricket team has come a long way in recent years and this latest achievement is just another example of their progression. The future looks bright for Indian cricket and with the ICC World Cup around the corner, they will be looking to make their mark on the biggest stage of them all.
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