India officially crowned World No.1 after 3-0 series win over New Zealand



Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was on Tuesday presented with the ICC Test Championship mace as India were officially crowned the number one side after the end of the third match against New Zealand.

India clinched the three-match series 3-0 with 321 runs win in the final test on day four at Indore.

Batting legend and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar presented Kohli with the mace on behalf of the International Cricket Council at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.

Kohli is only the second India captain after MS Dhoni and the 10th overall to receive the mace since its introduction in 2001.

The others captains are Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith (Australia), Andrew Strauss (England), Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla (South Africa) and Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan).

India are now four points above their arch-rivals Pakistan in the ratings, who enjoyed the top spot only briefly after Misbah received the mace last month in Lahore.

“I’ve got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more special. The last time India got the mace, I was watching on TV,” said a delighted Kohli.

“The key right now is maintaining our game. We’re working really hard on the areas needing improvement and we’ve been able to correct the wrongs quickly and we’d like to continue that and give the people what they want to see,” added Kohli.

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