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After an emphatic innings victory over Sri Lanka

 

 

 

 

 

 



NUMERO UNO: A jubilant Indian team after its win over Sri Lanka in the third Test at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. India’s 2-0 series victory took it to the number one spot in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time. —

 

 

MUMBAI: India reached the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings, for the first time, with an emphatic innings and 24-run victory over Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday.

The host achieved its objective after only 7.4 overs of play on the final day.

Resuming at 274 for six, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 309 in its second innings.

Third with 119 points at the beginning of the series, India now has 124 points. It overtook South Africa, which stays on 122 points. Australia is third with 116, while Sri Lanka, which began the series at No. 2, drops to fourth place with 115. Virender Sehwag, who made 293 in the first innings here, was named Man of the Match and Player of the Series. Sachin Tendulkar invited the support staff to the arena to acknowledge their contribution as a goodly crowd cheered on.

Australia and South Africa are the only other teams to have been ranked No. 1.

Captain M.S. Dhoni said: “It is a complete team effort.” Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara acknowledged: “We were out-batted and out-bowled. India was the better side in the series.”

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