ICC ranking is important for cricket players and for every team. The team rankings are determined by ICC to promote the performance of the players. This ranking is different during each match. The ICC board decides which team plays which team qualifies for which position. Even though each team has the same qualifications, sometimes the team does not perform as well as it should. Therefore, in the ICC rankings, one team leads and the other trails.
This year, India has lost its first place in the ICC rankings due to the defeat in the match against South Africa.
A new beginning of 2022 was not good for Team India. After losing the Test series to South Africa, the team has also had to be evicted from the first position in the ICC Test rankings. Now Australia has occupied it. In the latest released Test Rankings of ICC, Australia has now become the best i.e. No.-1 in Tests.
Recently, Australia defeated England 4-0 in the Ashes series. For this, the team has got the reward and first place in the new ranking. Team India was at the top earlier, but now it has slipped down two places and has come to third place. India has to bear the brunt of losing the Test series against South Africa 1-2. New Zealand ranks second in the Test rankings.
Team India started the test series against South Africa with a win. Team India won the first test held in Centurion. But after that, the hosts defeated the team in both the Tests held in Johannesburg and Cape Town. With this, India’s dream of winning the series in South Africa for 29 years remained incomplete. At the same time, South Africa benefited from defeating India in the Test series and the team moved up one place to the fifth position with 101 rating points.
The team of New Zealand has managed to retain its second place by drawing the series against Bangladesh. Australian Cricket Team which is sitting at the top of the team rankings gained 119 rating points, New Zealand has 117, and India has 116 rating points. As per the latest ranking report that has been released, the team of Pakistan has achieved sixth place. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe are also found a place in the top 10 teams in ICC rankings.