India replaced Australia as the number one team in ICC Test Team ranking after Sri Lanka made a clean sweep of the three-Test series in Colombo on Wednesday. Before the series started , the visitors were in number one position with 118 points. However, defeats in Pallekele, Galle and Colombo against a seventh ranked Sri Lankan team has now sent them to third position in the list with 108 points. England has also the same points, but are placed below their arch rivals.
Meanwhile, the brilliant series win has helped Sri Lanka to jump to 95 points and are now placed at sixth position above South Africa.
India’s arch rivals Pakistan are placed second and trail India by a solitary point. For Pakistan, this is the second time in less than a year that it has reached this position. After their series win against England last year in the United Arab Emirates, they had reached their best ever rankings, that is number two since the rankings were introduced in 2003.
India had started the year as the number one team before Australia replaced them following a 2-0 win over New Zealand. The scenario for India to retain the number-one position is that they will have to win the final Test against the West Indies, which begins in Port of Spain on Thursday, 18 August. A failure to win the match will see Pakistan replacing them at the top.
If India wins the fourth Test, then it will finish on 112 points – one ahead of Pakistan – but it will end on 110 points if the Test is drawn or on 108 points in fourth place in the case they lose.