Head coach Ravi Shastri has heaped praise on the Indian Test team for ending another year on a winning note. The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the final rankings of Test teams as the annual cycle ended and for the fifth successive time, Virat Kohli-led Indian Cricket Team has retained the top spot in the rankings.
India have gained one rating point to aggregate 121, while New Zealand, the second ranked Test team, have just one point less than India. However, New Zealand have a chance to regain the top spot again as they will clash with England in the coming month for a two-match Test series.
‘Proud of this bindass bunch’
After seeing the updated rankings chart, Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to laud the efforts of the Indian team. He wrote: “This team has shown steely resolve & unwavering focus to be crowned No. 1. It is something the boys have earned fair & square. Rules changed midway but #TeamIndia overcame every hurdle along the way. My boys played tough cricket in tough times. Super proud of this bindass bunch.”
This 🇮🇳team has shown steely resolve & unwavering focus to be crowned No. 1. It is something the boys have earned fair & square. Rules changed midway but #TeamIndia overcame every hurdle along the way. My boys played tough cricket in tough times. Super proud of this bindass bunch pic.twitter.com/StzcsexCRF
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 13, 2021
The Indian Cricket Team has been performing magnificently under the guidance of Ravi Shastri. They have defeated Australia in Australia twice, with the second series victory this year and then haven been invincible at home.
Kane Williamson retains top spot in ICC Batting Rankings
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has retained his spot as the no.1 ranked batsman in the longest format of the sport. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who hasn’t been in best of his forms, is reeling at the fifth spot, just behind his English counterpart Joe Root.
Australia’s Steve Smith is at the second spot, followed by his teammate Marnus Labuschagne. Among Indians, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant have also entered the Top 10 Batsmen and both are tied on the sixth spot.