The International Cricket Council has awarded the Indian cricket test team $1 million for being the number one ranked test team in the world at the start of April 1, 2017. The Indians won the fourth and final test against Australia and in doing so retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy and ensured they would hold on to the number one ranking.
Australia who was ranked the second best team in the world lost their number two ranking to South Africa on 29 March after the third and final test against New Zealand in Hamilton resulted in a draw after the 5th days play was washed out due to rain. The South Africans had their backs to the wall as the Kiwis needed just 5 wickets to win the match but rain had been a problem from day one and aided the Proteas. South Africa nudged Australia from the second spot in the ICC rankings and will be awarded $500,000 in prize money.
The Aussies fought hard against the Indians and had a number of chances to create history on the sub-continent and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy especially after winning the first test and gaining a 1-0 lead in the four match test series. However India fought back hard and the Aussies found it difficult to capitalize during key moments of the tests which means they are now ranked as the third best team in the world.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been very proud of his team and their achievements in becoming the number one test side in the world but states that he wants to see his team dominate in overseas conditions and prove that they are indeed the number one test side in the world.
In a statement, Kohli said “No need to get overexcited with whatever we have done. We are very happy with No 1 ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now. If we can conquer the overseas season, that’s when you will see a broader smile on my face when I sit down for the press conference.”
Kohli continues to be criticized by the Australian press for his attitude and post match comments. The Indian captain had stated that he can no longer be friends with any of the Australian players given the way they conducted themselves during the test series. Former captain Sourav Ganguly has encouraged the charismatic Indian skipper to forgive and forget.