India have now won back-toback series under the leadership of Virat Kohli    AFP
India have now won back-to-back series under the leadership of Virat Kohli AFP

India courtesy of their 3-0 series win against South Africa have moved up to second place in the latest ICC Test Rankings. India won the fourth and final Test at Delhi by 337 runs and ensured that South Africa do not register a single win in the series. This is Virat Kohli’s second series win as captain and his first at home. Under Kohli’s leadership, India also won the series in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1993. Ajinkya Rahane was the man of the match for his twin centuries in the fourth Test and Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged the man of the series for his 31 wickets. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test at Delhi

According to a media release by ICC. “The series result has helped Kohli s side gain 10 points, which has lifted it from 100 points to 110 points and ahead of Australia and Pakistan, which have slipped one place each to third and fourth, respectively. Hashim Amla s side has retained its number-one Test ranking but its lead at the top has been slashed from 16 points to just four points. Full Cricket Updates: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test, Day 5 at Delhi

ICC Rankings for Tests

Rank Team Points
1 South Africa 114
2 India 110
3 Australia 109
4 Pakistan 106
5 England 99
6 New Zealand 95
7 Sri Lanka 93
8 West Indies 76
9 Bangladesh 47
10 Zimbabwe 5

India has no more Test matches before the annual 1 April cut-off date, but third-ranked Australia will host eighth-ranked West Indies in a three-Test series from 10 December, sixth-ranked New Zealand will go head to head with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka also from 10 December, while fifth-ranked England will travel to South Africa for a four-Test series which will start in Durban on 26 December.

To finish as the number-one ranked Test side at the annual cut-off date, South Africa will have to, at least, draw the series with England. Its failure to do so, will result in it falling from the top pedestal and handing the number-one position to Australia (provided it wins the series against the West Indies by 3-0).”