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India vs Australia: How Virat Kohli and Co. can pocket $1 million from series

Virat Kohli-led India will seal their world No. 1 Test ranking till April 1 by winning just one match against Australia. It will also give them $ 1 million as prize money from International Cricket Council (ICC) for being the top-ranked team

cricket Updated: Feb 16, 2017 17:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will aim to notch a convincing win in the Test series against Australian Cricket team. (AFP)

Indian cricket team, under captain Virat Kohli, has scaled new heights. Unbeaten in 19 straight Tests, the world No. 1 side faces No. 2 Australia in a four-Test series, starting on February 23 in Pune. Apart from keeping their winning momentum intact, India will have a huge financial incentive in mind against the team from Down Under.

In the four-Test series, India can ensure their world No. 1 status till April 1, by winning just one Test. And if that happens, India will get $1 million (Rs 6.70 crore) as the prize money from International Cricket Council (ICC).

India currently have 121 points while Australia are on 109.

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However, if Australia can defeat India 4-0 in the Test series then they will become the No. 1 team. If Australia wins the series with a 3-0 margin, then the two teams will be joint No. 1 on April 1. In case, Australia win by 2-0 or 3-1 margin, then also India will remain No. 1.

So, Kohli’s side needs to win at least one Test or draw at least two matches. However, going by the current form (India have won last six Test series that they played) winning more than that number is what the fans would be expecting.

The second-ranked Australia have been inconsistent in the near past. They lost 3-0 to Sri Lanka the last time they visited the sub-continent. So, the task is cut out for the Steven Smith-led team.

Australia will play a warm-up match against India A, starting on Thursday.

The four-Test series between India and Australia will start on February 23, with Pune hosting the first Test. Bengaluru, Ranchi and Dharamsala are the other venues.

First Published: Feb 16, 2017 16:56 IST