Despite the 4-1 series defeat at the hands of England in the Test series, the Virat Kohli led Indian side maintained its top position in the ICC Test Team Rankings. As per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday after the culmination of the fifth and the final Test between the two teams at Oval, India dropped down from 125 points to 115 points, still maintaining a nine-point lead over South Africa, who were placed at the 2nd position in the rankings with 106 points.
England, who began the 5-Test series at the fifth position with 97 points, gained 8 points and climbed to the 4th position in the Rankings. Australia, who are tied with South Africa with 106 points, remained at the third position in the rankings. New Zealand dropped down to the fifth position, trailing three points behind the Three Lions.
With a 4-1 series win, England move up to fourth in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Team Rankings! 🏴
— ICC (@ICC) 11 September 2018
India lost the final Test against England by 118 runs as they were bowled out for 345 while chasing a mammoth total of 464. Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the match, skipper Virat Kohli said that India do not need to change too many things, despite the results.
Test Batting Rankings
Alastair Cook, who played his final Test at Oval, and scored 71 and 147 in the two innings, finished his career as the 10th-ranked batsman in Test cricket. The left-handed batsman, who has scored 12,472 runs in 161 matches, became the fifth-most highest run scorer in the format, only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid. He rose 11 places to finish in the 10th position. Skipper Joe Root, who also scored a ton, rose one spot to move to No. position, while Kohli, who was dismissed for a golden duck in the second innings at Oval, maintained his top spot.
Rahul, who scored 149 in the second innings, gained 16 spots to reach 19th position, while Pant, who scored his maiden ton, rose 63 positions to finish in the no. 111th position.
James Anderson, who surpassed Glenn McGrath to become the seamer with most wickets in Test cricket, dismissing Mohammed Shami to take his tally to 564 wickets, retained his top spot in Test bowling rankings.