Mumbai: After playing an epic draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Australia and India retained their top two spots in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings on Monday.
India is slightly ahead of third-placed New Zealand in the WTC points table.
“An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings. A difference of 0.2 per cent between India and New Zealand,” tweeted ICC.
An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings.
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2021
New Zealand previously white-washed Pakistan and the West Indies in the respective two-match Test series and, as a result, the Kiwis achieved the number one Test ranking for the first time.
Batting on 258 balls, a fierce home team threw everything they had at no point. But the Indian pair of Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin came into the fray and drew a draw as they were no less than action-packed on the fifth day in the third Test between India and Australia.
Despite a hamstring injury, Vihari hit an unbeaten 161-ball 23, while Ashwin smashed 39 off 128 balls as the two had no hope of registering a win against Australia.
An injured Ravindra Jadeja was waiting in the pavilion, it was important for both of them to ensure that they looked at India till the end and did just that as the players shook the over left hand.
But it all started in the morning when the team management decided to send Rishabh Pant after standby Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket fell.
With the game clearly on the court of Australia, Pant decided to show why the team supported him despite his inconsistent run. A fearless brand of cricket suddenly saw India walking into the lunch break with a score of 206/3.
Pant’s untimely dismissal dashed any hopes of India’s victory, but the boys showed great heart to pull off a draw.
India and Australia will now play horns in the final Test of the four-match series in Gabba, Brisbane, starting on 15 January