Indore, Oct 11: India skipper Virat Kohli received the ICC Test Championship mace for leading his side to number one rank in the world after defeating New Zealand in the third Test here on Tuesday (Oct 11).
The Indian side will officially overtake Pakistan at the top of the table when the rankings are updated at the end of the series.
On behalf of ICC, former India captain and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar presented the mace to Kohli immediately after the awards ceremony for the series.
"I've got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more special. The last time India got the mace, I was watching on TV. The key right now is maintaining our game. We're working really hard on the areas needing improvement and we've been able to correct the wrongs quickly and we'd like to continue that and give the people what they want to see," Kohli told after being presented the ICC Championship mace.
India have clinched the three-match series 3-0 and completed another series whitewash.
The ICC Test Championship mace was valued at pound sterling 30,000 in 2001 and automatically passes from one team to another as results confirm a change of leadership in the ICC Test Team Rankings table.
"The mace was produced by the then British Crown Jeweller, Asprey & Garrard, in 2001, which was commissioned to make a distinctive prize designed to stand out from other cricket trophies," the ICC said.
The designers produced a 90cm silver and gold-plated trophy based on a cricket stump as its shank, topped by an orb that represents the cricket world both geographically and through the inclusion of the emblems of all 10 ICC Members that have played Test cricket.
The stump and the orb combine to portray the mace, regarded as a symbol of authority and prestige. This is regarded as an appropriate combination given the rich history of Test cricket and its image as the most traditional and purest form of the game.
The mace sits on a wooden base with a silver-plated plaque in front with room for engravings of the sides to hold it.