India Retain Fourth Position in ICC Test Rankings Despite Losing Southampton Test

Updated: 04 August 2014 20:51 IST

After drawing the first Test in the five-match series against England, India posted a victory in the second match at Lord's but then went down in the third. Despite the defeat, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have maintained their fourth spot at 102 rating points.

India Retain Fourth Position in ICC Test Rankings Despite Losing Southampton Test
File photo: India's wicketkeeper captain MS Dhoni (C) leads his team off for lunch on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl cricket ground in Southampton on July 30, 2014. © AFP

Dubai:

India have retained their fourth position in the ICC Test rankings despite a loss in the third cricket Test against England at Southampton. The five-match series is currently locked at 1-1.

After drawing the first Test, India posted a victory in the second match at Lord's but went down in the third. Despite the defeat, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have maintained their fourth spot at 102 rating points.

The final rankings of both India and England (ranked 5th with 100 rating points) will heavily depend on the upcoming two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which will commence in Galle from August 6.

Pakistan are currently ranked third with 103 rating points, just one point more than India, while Sri Lanka are at sixth position with 95 points. (Also read: Aaron should get a chance in fourth Test, says Ganguly)

The five-Test series between India and England will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes, and all the teams would be looking to climb up the ladder.

If India manage to perform well in the remaining two Tests and Pakistan lose the Test series against Sri Lanka, the Indians would surely gain in the ranking table. (Also read: England include Steven Finn for injured Liam Plunkett)

Pakistan would drop to sixth spot if they lose the series, while Sri Lanka could move up one place to fifth if they win the series 1-0, and a 2-0 victory will ensure a rise of two places to fourth.

Pakistan must win the series to maintain their hold on the third spot and thereby close the gap with South Africa and Australia in first and second place, respectively, while Sri Lanka could drop a place to seventh in such a scenario.

A 1-1 series deadlock will see both sides maintaining their pre-series rankings.

Meanwhile, South Africa will be aiming to keep their number one position intact when they take on Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare from August 9.

In the Test batsmen's table, Cheteshwar Pujara is the lone Indian to feature in the top-10 list, placed at number 10th.

Topics : India in England, 2014 India England South Africa Zimbabwe Pakistan Sri Lanka International Cricket Council Cricket
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