ICC Test Ranking 2020: Team India lost top spot in ICC Test Ranking to Australia for the First Time Since 2016

ICC Test Ranking 2020: India lost the top position in the ICC Test rankings to Australia on Friday, falling to third after removing their stupendous 2016-17 record from the annual update according to laws.

Updated: May 01, 2020 13:39 IST

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Hari Aditya

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India To Lose Top Position

India for the first time since October 2016 yielded the top position in Test rankings but continues to lead the ICC World Test Championship, a league of six series contested by each of the top nine sides. India slipped in the ladder mainly because the latest chart excluded the record of 12 Test wins and only one Test loss in 2016-17, the ICC said in a statement. During this time, Virat Kohli's men had won all five series even against Australia and England. On the other side, at the same time, Australia had fallen both to South Africa and to India.

The latest update levels is 100 percent for all matches played since May 2019 and 50 percent for those conducted in the preceding two years. Australia not only climbed to the top of the Test rankings but also grabbed the no-I spot in the T20 list for the first time although England continued to lead the men's ODI rankings after the annual change, which excludes 2016-17 tests. Australia now has 116 points and is followed by New Zealand (115) and India (114).

With just two points separating them, this is the second nearest the top three teams have been since the start of the 2003 Test rankings. In January 2016, as India led Australia and South Africa by a single point, the nearest among the top three teams was. South Africa has experienced the largest eight-point decline, which has them fall to the sixth position below Sri Lanka.

They had won three series in the culled period, while since February 2019 they lost eight of their nine Tests, playing against Sri Lanka, India, and England. Reigning world champions England (127) have increased their advantage over India from six to eight points in the ODI team rankings. New Zealand ranks sixth, 3 points behind India. Rankings at the top ten stay unchanged.

In comparison, other improvements are shown in the revised T201 Team Rankings. Australia (278) tops the table for the first time following the launch of the T201 rankings in 2011. Pakistan, which had overtaken New Zealand in January 2018 to hit the top spot and then spent 27 months there, is now in fourth place with 260 marks.