ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli-led team India retain number one spot


The worldwide Test rankings have been updated after Pakistan 2-1 Test series victory against West Indies in the Caribbean. This means India will start the ICC Champions Trophy as the number one team and with 123 points, they are closely followed by South Africa, who are placed second with 117 points.

India have gained one ranking point while South Africa have leaped from 109 to 117 points. The 2-1 series win over Australia gave Kohli's side the unique distinction of holding bilateral series wins over all Test playing nations.

While the Virat Kohli-led side lead South Africa by six points following the annual update, only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, with ninth-ranked Bangladesh trailing eighth-ranked West Indies by six points.

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The update discards results from 2013-14, while results from 2015-16 series are weighted at 50 per cent. They too conceded two points. While India and South Africa climbed up the ladder, Australia, England and Pakistan moved downwards.

Indian team who have gained one point from the previous ranking, had a dream season past year with series win against Srilanka, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and an one-off against Bangladesh back to back. Bangladesh who take the ninth position are up by three points and have 69 points while Zimbabwe have dropped 5 points to be placed at tenth spot with zero points.