Cricket: Virat Kohli receives mace after India tops Test rankings

India's captain Virat Kohli (center) celebrates at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Oct 11, 2016.
India's captain Virat Kohli (center) celebrates at The Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Oct 11, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Indore, India (AFP) - Skipper Virat Kohli was on Tuesday presented with the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship mace as India were officially crowned the No. 1 side after their 3-0 thrashing of New Zealand.

India, who had reclaimed the top spot in the world Test rankings after taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead in Kolkata, won the third and final Test by 321 runs on Tuesday to consolidate their position.

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

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

The others 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 in the ratings above arch-rivals Pakistan, 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."