The fortunes of India in Test cricket keep on surging upwards taking after the 321-run win over New Zealand in Indore, one that officially puts them at No 1 in the ICC rankings. India had recovered the top spot after triumph in Kolkata a week ago however their arrangement as the top contingent in Test cricket was affirmed when Virat Kohli got the ICC Test Championship mace from Sunil Gavaskar at the Holkar Stadium on Tuesday.

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This triumph develops India’s arrangement securing streak under Kohli to four in a row, taking after wins over Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies. For the record, since Kohli assumed control as captain full-time after MS Dhoni resigned in December 2014, India have won ten, drawn five and lost one and only Test match. Also, of those draws, three were seriously hit by awful climate.

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This is the second time in a little over a month that India have been at No 1, and the third time under Kohli’s captaincy. The first time they went to No 1 was in mid-January, when the ICC updated its rankings following England’s 2-0 win in South Africa. India, by virtue of beating South Africa 3-0 at home in December 2015, moved one point ahead of Australia. However, the joy was short lived as weeks later Australia beat New Zealand and reclaimed top spot. After New Zealand leave, England arrive in India for a series featuring five Test matches starting November 9. In 2017, Bangladesh arrive for their first Test match in India and then Australia will play four Tests.

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