India’s No.2 Test ranking at risk

If India does not win the second Test, Australia need only to draw the series to move into second place.

Neil Wagner clean bowls MS Dhoni on the fifth day of the first Test at Auckland.

India’s lacklustre performance in the current tour of New Zealand may cost them their second spot in the ICC rankings table. India will be replaced by Australia if the latter manages to win their away series against South Africa, starting on Thursday.

South Africa are the clear leaders on the table with 133 ratings points, while Australia currently sit third with 111.

South Africa will retain the number one position on the table irrespective of the outcome of the series. Australia will move into second position if they win the series, irrespective of the result in the second Test between India and New Zealand in Wellington. If India does not win the second Test, Australia need only to draw the series to move into second place.

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Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara and R. Ashwin managed to remain the best-placed Indians by keeping their place inside the top-10 of the batting and bowling charts respectively but slipped a rung each in the latest rankings issued on Monday.

Pujara was placed sixth in the batting list while Ashwin was eighth among the bowlers.

Among other Indians, Virat Kohli remained steady at 11th in the batting rankings followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the 33rd spot. Pragyan Ojha was the next best-placed Indian after Ashwin at 11th, even though he slipped two positions.

Kumar Sangakkara’s historic effort of 424 runs in the second and final Test in Chittagong against Bangladesh saw him jump five places to second in the rankings for Test batsmen.

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