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India gain three points in ICC Test rankings from series win

India's captain Virat Kohli (left) shows a stump as he celebrates with his teammates after they won their final Test cricket match and the series agai
India's captain Virat Kohli (left) shows a stump as he celebrates with his teammates after they won their final Test cricket match and the series against Sri Lanka.
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India have gained three rating points in the International Cricket Council Test rankings after they came back from behind to win the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

Virat Kohli's men managed to defeat Sri Lanka by a margin of 117 runs in the third Test, riding on the back of a fine hundred from Pujara and an eight-wicket haul by Ishant Sharma.

This series win is India’s first in Sri Lanka since 1993, while it is also their first overseas victory since the win against West Indies in 2011.

The battle for the rankings is now even closer as only three points separate England (with 102 points), Pakistan (with 101 points) and India (with 100) points, who are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Sri Lanka who had 92 points before the tour, have managed to hold on to the seventh position in the rankings, but have dropped three points.

They are now 10 points behind the sixth placed New Zealand (with 99 points), while enjoying an eight point lead over the eighth ranked West Indies.

Meanwhile, in the shortest format of the game, Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli has now moved to the first position to become the number-one ranked batsman.

Australia’s Aaron Finch, who missed out the Twenty20 International against England in Cardiff due to injury, has dropped down to the second spot.

Steven Smith’s superb knock of 90 saw him move up 62 places to claim the 96th spot, while England’s Eoin Morgan vaulted up three spots to seize the eighth rank.

Moeen Ali, whose knock of 72 runs and a wicket fetched him the man-of-the-match award, rose 79 places to reach a career-best 77th rank.

Among the bowlers, Pat Cummins is now ranked 14th alongside Imran Tahir, while Glenn Maxwell moved up three places to the 29th position.

The five run loss meant that Australia dropped down to the third spot in the ICC team rankings for T20Is, while England retain their eighth position.

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