Mumbai: India secured the top spot in the International Cricket Council Test rankings for the first time after handing Sri Lanka a second successive innings defeat and wrapping up their three-match series 2-0 on Sunday. Pacer Zaheer Khan recorded his eighth five-wicket haul as India won the final Test by an innings and 24 runs.
“I think the real tough task from now on is to maintain this performance,” said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Resuming on 274-6 and needing 60 runs to make India bat a second time, overnight century maker Kumar Sangakkara (137) edged a Khan delivery to Dhoni to dash any hopes Lanka had of saving the match. “It was tough but India outperformed us in all three departments of the game in the last two Tests,” Sri Lankan skipper Sangakkara said. “In this game, we nearly put 400 but (Virender) Sehwag came and took the game away from us.”
Sehwag was named player of the match and the series.
The victory saw India jump from third in the rankings to replace South Africa at the top.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced a cash award of Rs25 lakh to each player. Support staff and selection panel members will get Rs10 lakh each.
(‘PTI’ contributed to this story.)