Australia breaks India’s five-year-long streak in the ICC rankings, claims 1st spot in Tests: The Australian test side has snatched team India’s crown of the highest-rated test team in the latest annual ranking announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). India under Virat Kohli’s captaincy claimed the top spot for five consecutive years, however, the streak has now come to rest.
In the latest announced test rankings, Australia has strengthened its hold as the best Test side in the world after trouncing England 4-0 in the all-important Ashes. As per the rankings, Pat Cummins and his men took a giant leap from 119 to 128 rating points in the test format.
Rohit Sharma-led team India has dropped to the second position in the annual ranking updates from the ICC with an overall rating of 119.
Notably, all the test series played since May 2019 were included in determining the ranks of the teams. The traditional format series played before 20th May 2021 are weighted 50 per cent while the subsequent series are weighted 100 per cent.
Australia’s thumping victory over England (4-0) in the Ashes and gruelling 1-0 series win against Pakistan in their historic tour to the Asian nation played a key role to surpass team India by 9 points in the test rankings.
India ranked 4th in ODIs:
Meanwhile, in the One Day International (ODI) rankings, New Zealand is ranked as the top side with 125 points followed by England, which has done well to reduce the gap against the top-rated Kiwis, with 124 rating points.
Australians (107 ratings) stand in the third position followed by the men in blue with 105 rating points, Pakistan (102 points), and South Africa (99 points).
It’s important to note that India hasn’t played a lot in the 50 overs format since 2020. India’s focus shifted to T20I and Test cricket due to forthcoming World Cups since the start of 2021, however, now there is a couple of ODI series lined ahead for Rohit Sharma and his men and fans can expect some improvement in the ODI ranking.
India ranked top side in T20Is:
In the shortest format, team India retained its position as the top side with an overall rating of 270. England stands next to India with 265 points, followed by Pakistan (261 points), South Africa (253) and Australia (251 rating points).