The International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed that they will present Indian Test captain Virat Kohli with the Test mace at the end of the third Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore after India became the number one team in the ICC Test Rankings.
India overtook arch-rivals Pakistan after registering a series win against New Zealand last week. If India win the ongoing Indore Test, they will be confirmed of staying in top spot until they begin their next Test series, which will be against England in November.
The ICC, in their statement, mentioned that Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar will do the honours of handing over the mace to Kohli.
This team is starting to tick off boxes. Most players either at peak or looking ahead to best years.Should be able to challenge overseas too— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 4, 2016
The statement read: “The International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the ICC Test Championship mace to India captain Virat Kohli at the Holkar Stadium in Indore after the end of the third and final Test against New Zealand.
“On behalf of the ICC, former India captain and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar will make the presentation immediately after the awards ceremony for the series.”
Since South Africa were dethroned from the top spot in January 2016, three different teams – India, Australia, Pakistan – have occupied the position at different points in this calendar year.