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The Indian test cricket team will be awarded a million dollars by the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they win the first test match against Australia starting from February 23 at Maharashtra cricket Association Pune.

The large cash amount reward will be given to the team as prize money for retaining the number one ICC Ranking in Tests.  The cut-off date for winning the amount is April 1, 2017. A win in the first Test in Pune will ensure that India cement their place as the top-ranked team in the sport's longest format till that date.

Earlier  the prize money was $500,000 which was doubled by the ICC in 2015.

India and Australia play four Test matches in the series and the visitors too are in with a shout to scoop up the $1 million dollar prize. But while India have to win just one out of the four Tests to retain their top spot, Australia will have to ensure that they beat India by at least a 3-0 margin, drawing one.

Team India is playing extraordinary cricket and skipper Virat kohli is on the streak of his career best.

Important Facts:

19 Consecutive Tests without a defeat for India, which is the fifth-best streak in Test history. West Indies went 27 Tests without defeat from 1982 to 1984.

4 Number of consecutive series in which Virat Kohli has scored a double-century. This is the longest such sequence, going past Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid who had done it in three successive series.


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