Excitement is building in the cricket world ahead of the World Test Championship final, with India now sitting at the coveted No. 1 spot on the ICC rankings for men’s cricket. Despite a lack of long-form cricket for two months, India has moved ahead of Australia, thanks to the intricate calculation method used to compile these rankings. The latest update only considers performances after May 2020 and assigns more weight to series in the past year. It’s a testament to India‘s prowess on the pitch and sets the stage for an epic showdown with New Zealand in the upcoming final. With the anticipation mounting, cricket fans around the world are eagerly awaiting what promises to be an unforgettable display of athleticism and sportsmanship.
The world of cricket has always had its fair share of ups and downs, and Australia is feeling the brunt of it lately. Losing points due to previous wins in the last cycle no longer counting seems to be a big contributor to this. Even their 4-0 Ashes win against England in 2021-22 was halved, making their situation worse. Meanwhile, India seems to be gaining points left and right. Their earlier defeat in New Zealand vanished out of the picture, and even their losses in South Africa were dragged down. Since May of 2022, India has won four out of seven games played, which is a pretty impressive feat. Both teams have their ups and downs, but with cricket, the highs and lows are part of the journey.
England has reason to celebrate as they have maintained their position in third place on the latest rankings update. What’s even more impressive is their dramatic turnaround in performance under the guidance of coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. Since May 2022, they have won 10 out of their 12 Tests, an astounding achievement considering they only managed one win in their previous 17 Tests. Their perseverance and hard work have closed the gap between second and third place from 13 points to just two. While the rankings for the other teams remain unchanged, England’s success is a testament to their dedication and passion for the sport. Congratulations, England!