Confusion over ICC Test rankings, No.1 India back to second spot | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Confusion reigned supreme as the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday pushed back India to the second spot in the Test rankings, hours after announcing them as the top team in the longest format.
In the afternoon on Wednesday, the official website of ICC showed India on top of the Test rankings with 115 rating points and Australia as second with 111 points.
But later in the evening at around 7 pm IST, cricket’s global governing body put Australia back on top with 126 rating points and India as second with 115 points.
India had recently beaten Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the first Test in Nagpur.
Already the number one T20I side, India rose to the top spot in the ODI rankings last month when they whitewashed New Zealand in a 3-match series.
In the newest Test rankings, Rohit Sharma and co. are now 11 ranking points behind leaders Australia.
India need to win the ongoing four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy 3-1 or 3-0 to make the World Test Championship final.
Among individuals, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin jumped to the second spot in the Men’s Test Bowlers Rankings following his eight-wicket show against Australia in Nagpur.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who made a successful comeback after almost five months due to a knee injury, has moved up to the 16th position, courtesy his player-of-the-match winning effort in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series-opener.
Among other Indian bowlers, pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who too has been out of action since September last due to a lower back stress fracture, is placed fifth.
In the Test batting chart, India captain Rohit Sharma has been rewarded for his match-defining ton in Nagpur. He gained two spots to be at number eight.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who will be out of action for an indefinite period following his horrific car accident, is the other Indian batter in top-10. He is placed seventh.
(With inputs from PTI)

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