ICC apologizes for a ranking glitch that listed India as the No. 1 Test team. The ICC remedied the error in the evening, and Australia reclaimed first place.
As India briefly took the top place in the afternoon owing to a mistake, Australia recaptured the top spot in the ICC Test team rankings during the evening hours on February 15 (Wednesday). Following the debacle, the International Cricket Council apologized on their website.
The ICC reaffirmed that ranking Australia remains the No. 1 Test side, while India leads the ODI and T20I rankings. “The ICC recognises that, for a brief moment on February 15, 2023, India was incorrectly represented as the No.1 Test team on the ICC website due to a technological mistake,” it added. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”
In the first Test of the four-match series, India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs at Nagpur. Following India’s crushing victory, the ICC ranked India as the No. 1 Test team. Incidentally, only South Africa had achieved the feat of ranking first in all formats at the same time in 2012. Unfortunately, all of the joys were dashed when the ICC changed the rankings again in the evening.
With the most recent update, India (115 points) has reclaimed second place behind Australia (126 points) In terms of individuals, experienced off-spinner R Ashwin has ascended to second place in the Men’s Test Bowlers Rankings following his outstanding performance in the first Test, when he picked up eight wickets.
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Ravindra Jadeja moves up to 16th in the Bowling rankings
Ravindra Jadeja, the left-arm spinner who returned to the team over five months after recuperating from a knee injury, has risen to 16th in the bowling rankings following his Player of the Match performance in the first Test. Jadeja took seven wickets and scored 70 runs in the game to assist India to a commanding victory.
Meanwhile, the second Test of the series will begin on February 17 at Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi. To dethrone Australia from first place in the team rankings, India must win the series by a score of 2-0, 3-1, or 4-0. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma’s side must win at least three Tests in the four-match series to get to the World Test Championship final.
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