Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has said that his young team is not thinking too much about the newly acquired number one ranking in Tests and are currently focused on winning the fourth and final Test against West Indies, which starts on August 18 at Port of Spain.
The Australia team conceded their number-one ranking to India after Sri Lanka made a clean sweep of the three-Test series in Colombo on Wednesday (August 17). With 112 points India leads the second-ranked Pakistan by a solitary point and need to win the last Test in the Caribbeans to retain the numero uno status in the longest format.
Speaking to the journalists ahead of the Test, Kohli said:”It’s a nice incentive but it doesn’t really change anything for the team. Our goal has been to play good cricket and we’ve done that in the past year or so. And we want to continue with the same.”
This is the second time that the team has reached the top in Test under Kohli. They previously reached the number one spot when they defeated South Africa 3-0 but a 2-0 win by Australia in New Zealand saw the team from down undertaking the number one rank. Kohli said that the key to remaining at the top is to play consistent cricket.
“Even last year, when we beat South Africa, because of some other team losing, we became number one for a brief period. To really become the best team in the world you need to play consistent cricket over a span of 3-4 years. This is pretty immediate and short-term incentive.
“You have to play sustained cricket for a good period of time to be the best team in the world. We have played good cricket that’s why we have climbed up the rankings, but if you see we have played a lesser number of games than the other teams. It’s only after we play a good number of games that we can be judged. We’ve played good cricket but I think only at the end of the season, we can look back how we have played and then figure out where do we stand,” he said.