Registering a historic series win against Sri Lanka at Colombo on Tuesday, fifth-placed India gained crucial ranking points to inch closer to arch-rivals Pakistan in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team ratings. Humbling the hosts by 117 runs at the SSC, India clinched the three-match series 2-1 to register their first series win on Lankan soil after 22 years. Virat Kohli‘s side went into the three-match series on 97 points and has gained three rankings points after coming from behind to win its first overseas Test series victory since 2011. It was also Kohli’s first Test win as captain after taking over the reigns of the team from MS Dhoni. VIDEO: India vs Sri Lanka 2015, 3rd Test at Colombo (SSC), best catches

Just three points now separates England (third on 102 points), Pakistan (fourth on 101) and India (fifth on 100), with New Zealand a further point back in sixth position. Angelo Mathews‘ men, meanwhile, remain in seventh place but have dropped three rankings points. South Africa are comfortably perched at the top of the rankings with Australia a distant second, PTI reported. VIDEO: Sachin Tendulkar and Glenn Maxwell practicing together

India’s next assignment will be the home series against South Africa. They will play three T20s, five ODIs and four Tests against the South African side. The tour will kick of with the limited overs matches. The first T20 is scheduled to be played on October 2, at Dharamsala. VIDEO: Team India’s dressing room post series win against Sri Lanka

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