India move to the top of ICC rankings

World Test Championship

India have moved to the number spot on the ICC World Test Championship standings after beating Australia by three wickets in the fourth Test on Tuesday.

India claimed an incredible win on the final day of the final Test to claim a 2-1 series win in Australia, with Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 89 ultimately the difference between the two sides on the final day.

In what was Australia’s first defeat at the Gabba since 1988, India managed to chase down 328 in Brisbane, where Cheteshwar Pujara’s half-century and Shubman Gill’s 91 set the platform for Pant to steer India to victory in the final hour.

India’s tally was also the highest successful chase at a ground largely considered to be Australia’s home fortress.

The victory saw India earn 30 points on the World Test Championship points table, pushing Australia down to the third position.

New Zealand are the second-ranked team with 70 % PCT and 420 points.

India (430 points and 71.7 % PCT) are ahead of Australia (332 points and 69.2 % PCT) on the points percentage won out of the total number of points available.

As such, India have earned 1.5 % PCT more than Australia.

This is after the ICC Board ratified the Cricket Committee’s decision to change the qualification structure for the final of the World Test Championship.

Under the newly-adopted system, the standings would be determined by the earned percentage of points by each teams, instead of total points earned.