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BCCI hails team on reclaiming No.1 ICC Test spot

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Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur on Monday congratulated the Indian team for reclaiming the numero uno spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.

The Virat Kohli-led side got back to the No.1 spot after beating New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test at the Eden Gardens here on Monday besides taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

"I congratulate the team for their dominant show in Test cricket, which is the pinnacle of sport. The ICC Test rankings rightly reflect the impressive performance of Virat Kohli and his boys have displayed since the overseas tour of Sri Lanka, where they registered a series victory after 22 years. The bumper home season will allow the Indian fans to savour top-class action as India are set to host England, Bangladesh and Australia," Thakur said.

Board secretary Ajay Shirke also hailed the team saying: "The Board has always put Test cricket on the top of the priority list and nothing is more pleasing than to see Team India take the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. India have set high standards on and off the field and this is a result of the hard work of all concerned."

India lost the top spot to Pakistan by a single point after the fourth Test against the West Indies was washed out. The Anil Kumble-coach side currently have 113 rating points and a win in the final Test against the Kiwis (from October 8 to 12) will take their tally to 115.

--IANS

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