Colombo: Registering a historic series win against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday, fifth-placed India gained crucial ranking points to inch closer to arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Test team ratings.(Match Report | Scorecard | Highlights)
Virat Kohli’s side went into the three-match series on 97 points and has gained three rankings points after coming from behind to win its first overseas Test series victory since 2011.(‘Catches Win Matches’)
It was also Kohli’s first Test win as captain after taking over the reigns of the team from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.(Tendulkar, Kumble Congratulate Team India)
Just three points now separates England (third on 102 points), Pakistan (fourth on 101) and India (fifth on 100), with New Zealand a further point back in sixth position.(‘Kohli a Proactive Captain’)
Angelo Mathews’ men, meanwhile, remain in seventh place but have dropped three rankings points.(Mathews Rues Batting Failure)
South Africa are comfortably perched at the top of the rankings with Australia a distant second.