The Indian Cricket team, on Wednesday, became the No. 1 test team in the World according to the ICC test rankings.
The Indian Cricket team, on Wednesday, became the No. 1 test team in the World according to the ICC test rankings. India dismounted Australia, who were whitewashed in their tour of Sri Lanka by 3-0. Sri Lanka won the 3 match test series against the No. 1 ranked Australia with a 163 run victory on the final day of the third test. The Steve Smith led team lost 10 points and slipped to the 2nd place on the table with 108 points with 4 points behind India.
India currently is on the tour of West Indies and lead the 4 match test series 2-0. To retain their No.1 spot on the table, Team India will have to defeat West Indies in the fourth and final test. Failure to achieve this result will see India go down to the 2nd spot as the well deserving Pakistan team will take on the crown of the Numero Uno test team in the world for the first time. Earlier this week, Pakistan drew the 4 match test series against England with victory in the 4th test after trailing by 2-1.
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If India wins the final test against west Indies, India will get one point and slip ahead of Pakistan,while if the test gets drawn, India slips to 110. India is currently in the middle of its longest test season in 2 decades. While the team has outclassed the relatively inexperienced West Indian team, barring one or two brief periods of resistance, the Carribean team is known to be full of surprises. Much like the mercurial Pakistan, West Indies has in the past to possess the ability to bounce back in the game. India will need to be watchful as its team selection wasn’t up to the mark in the last test. India had dropped Cheteswar Pujara and picked up the inconsistent Rohit Sharma who again failed to prove his selection. The team was saved by the brilliance of off spinner R. Ashwin and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who scored centuries to give India a respectable total.
Although, the Indian bowling line up looks settled after a long period of inconsistency in both selection and p[erformances and will look to repeat its performance in the third test and help the team retain its Number 1 spot in the ICC test rankings.