Bengaluru, Sep 27: India are one victory away from reclaiming the top Test rank from arch rivals Pakistan. The Virat Kohli-led side can become number one again in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings with a win in the 2nd Test against New Zealand in Kolkata. (Kohli slips to 20th in rankings)
In their 500th Test, which concluded yesterday (September 26), India defeated New Zealand by 197 runs at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium. The second contest in the 3-match series starts at Eden Gardens on Friday (September 30). (India lose top rank to Pakistan)
India and Pakistan are separated in the Test Rankings table by 1 point. Pakistan are on top with 111 rating points while India are second with 110.
"Victory in its 500th Test means India is now one victory away from reclaiming the ICC Test Championship mace from Pakistan. India had entered the series trailing Pakistan by one point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival," ICC said in a media release on Tuesday (September 27).
Last month, India had lost the number one rank to Pakistan after rain spoilt their chances in the 4th and final Test against West Indies in Port of Spain.
ICC Test Team Rankings (As on September 27, 2016)
(Read as Rank, Team, Rating Points)
1. Pakistan 111
2. India 110
3. Australia 108
4. England 108
5. South Africa 96
6. Sri Lanka 95
7. New Zealand 95
8. West Indies 67
9. Bangladesh 57
10. Zimbabwe 8