In 2009 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni India had become the No. 1 in Test cricket. Now under a relatively new captain Virat Kohli India removed Australia from the top position. Australia lost a three-match Test series by a 3-0 margin against Sri Lanka in the island.
India has won the series in West Indies with the final match of the four-match Test series is yet to play. Pakistan’s has forced England to draw the series against them in England.
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said, captain Virat Kohli always dreams to be the No. 1 in Test cricket.
“This team has decided to play in a certain way. I know it is not going to be easy to do that. Our immediate goal is to be the No.1 Test side in the world and we’re not too far away from that,” Rohit, who played India for the third Test of the West Indies series, said.
India now have 112 rating points while Pakistan has 11 points and Australia has 108 points. Sri Lanka’s 3-0 series haul helped India to crown the No. 1 position in Test ranking.
Rohit said that captain Virat always wanted to see India as No. 1 in Test cricket. “When MS Dhoni retired, we knew that Virat Kohli was going to be the next captain. The message was clear from him that we needed to play in a way where we look at results and not draws. There is a way to do that and the guys are sticking to it,” Rohit said.
India’s series victory against West Indies helped India to keep themselves in fry for the No. 1 but Pakistan’s victory against England and Sri Lanka’s final Test victory against Australia have an influence on the Test ranking. “We have to understand situations when we are playing in a certain way and there are lots of procedures you’ve to follow. We are on our way to becoming No.1, it is not easy and we are working hard. We have had a good result in the Caribbean and have won all our last three Tests series. We are moving in the right direction and everything looks settled now. All we need to do is keep getting better as cricketers and as a team. Our target is to get better by 5-10 percent every game,” says Rohit.
The final Test between India and West Indies will start today in Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. Since 1970 India have won only three Test matches at Queens Park of Oval.