Team India vaulted to the second spot of the ICC Test Rankings after drubbing South Africa 3-0 in the four-match Test rubber, which concluded with the final match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today.
India notched up a massive 337-run victory over the Proteas in the fourth and final Test after dismissing the visitors for 143 in 143.1 overs.
The series win, which incidentally is skipper Virat Kohli’s maiden on home soil, has helped the side gain 10 points, which has lifted it from 100 points to 110 points, ahead of Australia and Pakistan, which have slipped one place each to third and fourth, respectively.
Despite losing the series by heavy margins, Hashim Amla’s side has retained its number-one ranking but its lead at the top has been slashed from 16 points to just four points.
India has no more Test matches before the annual April 1 cut-off date, but Australia will host eighth-ranked West Indies in a three-Test series from December 10, sixth-ranked New Zealand will go head to head with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka also from December 10, while fifth-ranked England will travel to South Africa for a four-Test series which will start in Durban on December 26. (AGENCIES)