We are still number one
The Indian cricket team will retain its number one position in the ICC Test rankings owing to the series-levelling 75-run win in the second Test against Australia in Bengaluru. By retaining the No.1 position till the April 1 cut off date, Virat Kohli’s men will receive a cash prize of $1 million. “Victory in the 2nd Test against Australia assures India a No.1 finish on the April 1 cut-off date and a cash prize of $1 million,” the ICC confirmed in a tweet after India defeated Australia by 75 runs on Tuesday. India bounced back in style to win the second Test after suffering a heavy defeat in the series opener at Pune. Set a 188-run target, Australia were dismissed for 112 in 35.4 overs on day four with Ravichandran Ashwin picking up his 25th five-wicket haul.

The veterans to the rescue

Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman criticised Australian skipper Steve Smith for seeking the dressing room’s input for a DRS referral in the second Test against India, saying it violated the spirit of the game. “A lot of people was talking regarding this at the commentary box that the Australians looked up to the dressing room to get input from their computer guy whether they should go for referral or not. It was quite blatant... We have to see what the ICC and Match Referee do,” Gavaskar told NDTV. Former India batsmen VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra have also come down hard on Smith on the issue. “Really disappointed with the way @stevesmith49 looked @ the dressing room 2 take a review.Totally against the spirit of the game??” Laxman tweeted. Chopra wrote: “Looking at the dressing room for a signal to take the review??? Now....That’s CHEATING.”

The cornerstone

stone of India’s remarkable turnaround as the hosts defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second cricket Test to level the four-match series 1-1 here. Defending a competitive target of 188 with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on line, Ashwin was unplayable on a tricky fourth-day surface with magnificent figures of 6 for 41. Australia ended up decimated for 112 in only 35.4 overs. Just like Indian wickets fell like nine pins in Pune, Australia too crumbled like a house of cards and lost the last six for a mere 11 runs between overs 26th and 36th.