India beat New Zealand by 178 runs to win the second Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and claim a 2-0 series win.
As a result, the hosts also replaced Pakistan as the World No. 1 Test team.
India needed to win the 3-match series against the Kiwis by 2-0 or more to regain the top position. The hosts won the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs. If India win the Test rubber 2-0 they will have 113 rating points while a 3-0 whitewash will get them 115 points. In both cases, Pakistan will slip to 4th.
The Test rankings are updated after every series. India will have to wait till the 3rd and final Test in Indore ends on October 12 to see the updated rankings.
The victory in India’s 250th Test match at home comes on the heels of the hosts winning their 500th Test match, thus taking an insurmountable lead in the three-match series.