Kohli re­ceives mace af­ter India tops Test rank­ings

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Skip­per Vi­rat Kohli was yes­ter­day pre­sented with the ICC Test Cham­pi­onship mace as India were of­fi­cially crowned the num­ber one side af­ter their 3-0 thrash­ing of New Zealand.

India, who had re­claimed the top spot in the world Test rank­ings af­ter tak­ing an unas­sail­able 2-0 se­ries lead in Kolkata, won the third and fi­nal Test by 321 runs yes­ter­day to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion. Bat­ting leg­end and ICC Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar pre­sented Kohli with the mace on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil at In­dore’s Holkar Sta­dium.

Kohli was only the se­cond India cap­tain af­ter Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni and the 10th over­all to re­ceive the mace since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2001. The oth­ers are Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith (Aus­tralia), An­drew Strauss (Eng­land), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla (South Africa) and Mis­bahul-Haq (Pak­istan).

India are now four points in the rat­ings above arch-ri­vals Pak­istan, who en­joyed the top spot only briefly af­ter Mis­bah re­ceived the mace last month in La­hore.

“I’ve got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more spe­cial. The last time India got the mace, I was watch­ing on TV,” said a de­lighted Kohli.

“The key right now is main­tain­ing our game. We’re work­ing re­ally hard on the ar­eas need­ing im­prove­ment and we’ve been able to cor­rect the wrongs quickly and we’d like to con­tinue that and give the peo­ple what they want to see.”

India had re­placed Aus­tralia at the top of the rank­ings af­ter their se­ries win against the West In­dies in Au­gust, only to be leapfrogged by Pak­istan later.

“The num­ber-one rank­ing has changed hands three times in as many months, in­dica­tive of the cur­rent com­pet­i­tive­ness of Test cricket,” ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Richard­son was quoted as say­ing in a re­lease. —AFP

IN­DORE: India’s Test cricket team poses with the ICC Num­ber 1 Test cricket team tro­phy, af­ter win­ning the three Test cricket match se­ries against New Zealand at The Holkar Cricket Sta­dium in In­dore yes­ter­day. —AFP

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