India’s remarkable performance saw him a little ahead of New Zealand, who finished third in the WTC Points Tally.
Australia and India performed brilliantly in the third Test in the top two rankings of the World Test Championship (WTC) on Monday.
The Indian batting unit displayed tremendous patience as it hung on to a memorable draw against Australia in the third Test, with the game to go to Brisbane to tie the series 1–1.
India’s remarkable performance saw him slightly ahead of New Zealand, who finished third in the WTC Points Tally.
The ICC wrote on its Twitter handle, “An incredible fight in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings. A 0.2% margin between India and New Zealand.”
New Zealand had earlier secured the number one spot in the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history after a clean sweep of Pakistan and the West Indies.
Both Australia and India scored 10 points each after the draw, making the spectators the first team to touch the 400-point mark in the WTC table.
India, however, remains in second place after Australia as the positions are now being determined by win percentage.
Hanuma Vihari shed a hamstring tear, scoring 160 runs off 23 balls, while Ravichandran Ashwin smashed 128, with Australia batting for 42.4 overs for 62 runs, with 39 runs off 39 balls.
After this, Rishabh Pant (97 off 118 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77 runs off 205 balls) chased a target of 407 runs to add a brilliant innings of 148 runs to increase their hopes of victory.
India finally ended at 334 for 5 in 131 overs when the stumps were drawn for the last time. The fourth and final Test will begin from 15 January in Gaba, Brisbane.