South Africa In Line To Leapfrog India In The ICC Test Rankings
India is on the top in ICC Test Ranking and would like to be no.1 in the longest form of the cricket. But India has a threat to lose their position of no.1 if they lose the home Test series against South Africa.
The Test series against South Africa is scheduled from 2nd October to 23rd October. This will be an interesting series as both the teams will fight with young players. An important factor is also gaining the points in ICC World Test Championship. In the Test Championship points table, India is in the top with 120 points whereas South Africa will have first Test match after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Indian national cricket team will have two fights during the upcoming Test series – first to maintain its position in the ICC Test ranking and another one to gain points for World Test Championship.
How can India lose its place from No.1 in Test Ranking
Currently, India is on no.1 with 115 ratings and South Africa is in the third position with 109 ratings. India will now play a three-match Test series. Let’s see how the positions can change.
If South Africa gains the lead with 1-0, India will lose its position from the top though both will have the same rating of 112. South Africa will go on top because they got the same rating in fewer match numbers.
If South Africa lead by 2-0 or 3-0, India will come in the second position, South Africa will go on top.
If the series is on 1-1, India will retain the position on top with 114 ratings while South Africa will remain in the third position in Test Ranking.
So the forthcoming Test series against South Africa will be crucial for India to be on top in Test, the longest format of cricket. South Africa has always been a powerful Test team but this time the team is in a transition period so it might help India.
“I’m sure there’s a bit of baggage that certain players that were on that tour might still be carrying but that’s completely fine. I think it’s never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It’s full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges it will be really rewarding,” said South Africa batsman Aiden Markram ahead of the series.
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