The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team has jumped to the second place in the ICC Test Championship table after winning the four-Test series against South Africa 3-0 in Delhi on Monday.
The series result helped India, who started the series at the fifth position, gain 10 points that lifted it from 100 points to 110 points and ahead of Australia and Pakistan, as both teams slipped one place each to third and fourth, respectively.
Hashim Amla’s South Africa retained their number one Test ranking but their lead at the top has been slashed by 12 points — from 16 points to just four points.
India have no more Test matches before the annual April 1 cut-off date for determining the No. 1 team for the ICC’s cash prize .
But third-ranked Australia will host eighth-ranked West Indies in a three-Test series from 10 December, sixth-ranked New Zealand will go head to head with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka also from 10 December, while fifth-ranked England will travel to South Africa for a four-Test series which will start in Durban on 26 December.
To finish as the number-one ranked Test side at the annual cut-off date of 1 April, South Africa will have to, at least, draw the series with England. Its failure to do so, will result in it falling from the top pedestal and handing the number-one position to Australia (provided it wins the series against the West Indies by 3-0).
ICC Test Championship (as on 7 December, after the conclusion of India-South Africa Test series)
Rank Team Points
1 South Africa 114
2 India 110
3 Australia 109
4 Pakistan 106
5 England 99
6 New Zealand 95
7 Sri Lanka 93
8 West Indies 76
9 Bangladesh 47
10 Zimbabwe 5