The Indian cricket team has moved back to No 1 on the ICC table for Test teams on Wednesday, following Sri Lanka’s 163-run win over Australia in Colombo. India can hold onto their numero uno status with victory over West Indies in the fourth and final Test starting tomorrow in Port of Spain, which would give them a 3-0 series win and keep them on 112 points.
Should India draw the Test, they will slip to second with 110 points and a defeat will push them to fourth with 108 points which means that second-ranked Pakistan would displace them at the top. Pakistan had moved up the ladder following their ten-wicket win over England at The Oval this week, which drew that series 2-2. Pakistan have 111 points, one less than India with 112. They had earlier been at second place after beating England in the UAE late last year.
Sri Lanka’s 3-0 whitewash of Australia means that Steven Smith’s team has fallen from No 1 to third, with 108 points. They lost each of their matches by big margins – 106 runs, 299 runs and 163 runs – for their ninth consecutive Test defeat in Asia after 4-0 in India in 2013 and 2-0 to Pakistan in the UAE in 2014.
South Africa have plummeted the depths of No 7, having been at the top as recently as November.