India have suddenly risen to the top of the Test rankings, despite having a dismal few overseas series in the last few years. They have been helped mightily by other top teams who too have stumbled in foreign conditions. Under Virat Kohli, India have looked a rejuvenated side. They have been on top of things during this overseas tour and we should be taking nothing away from this young side. India becomes No.1 Test team and here we analyse how that happened
1) Australia’s loss to Sri Lanka and India’s overseas performance against West Indies
India becomes No.1 test team due to a variety of factors, however Sri Lanka’s win over the Australian’s is the biggest factor contributing to India’s rise in the point table.Sri Lanka on Wednesday defeated Australia by 163 runs, completing a humiliating whitewash and sweeping the series 3-0 helping India to become No.1 test team.
The wreck in chief was Rangana Herath who completely decimated the Australian batting lineup on the final day of the third test and finished with the figures 7/64, taking a total of 13 wickets in the third test. The test series completely exposed Australian batsmen inability to play and perform against quality spin attack in subcontinent conditions.
Australia began the year with 129 points topping the points table, with dismal performance against Sri Lanka Australia points tally dropped to 108 as aresult of which India becomes no.1 test team.