Cricket: India Loses No.1 Rank to Pakistan

Cricket: India Loses No.1 Rank to Pakistan

Pakistan has topped the ICC's Test rankings for the first time in history by displacing India from the top position following India's washed out 4th Test against West Indies in Trinidad.

After Australia was whitewashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka last week, India had moved to No. 1 and Pakistan had moved to No. 2 in the rankings. India needed to win the final Test match against West Indies to hold on to No. 1 rank but the match was drawn after bad weather and wet outfield forced play to be abandoned. In a way, the rain God has helped Pakistan to move to No. 1 rank for the first time since the current rankings system came in force from 2003.

No.1 rank had slipped from India’s hold for the second time this year. In January this year, India became No.1 after the top ranked South Africa was defeated 0-2 by England. In February, Australia toppled India to become No. 1 by defeating New Zealand 2-0. The No. 1 rank came back to India just a week ago following the 0-3 loss of Australia in Sri Lanka.

And now, the No.1 rank has been handed over by India to Pakistan with Rain proving to be the deciding factor.

The ICC Test Rankings:

1 Pakistan (111 rating points)

2 India (110)

3 Australia (108)

4 England (108)

5 New Zealand (99)

6 Sri Lanka (95)

7 South Africa (92)

8 West Indies (67)

9 Bangladesh (57)

10 Zimbabwe (8)