Numbers reveal South Africa can pose threat to Virat Kohli-led India's ICC No.1 Test ranking
More than maintaining the top spot in the ongoing inaugural ICC World Test Championship, Virat Kohli-led India will have another important reason for winning the Test series against South Africa at home which begins next month. The two teams will be part of a three-game Test series starting October 2 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam.
India presently stand at the top of the ICC Test rankings chart with a rating of 115, standing six clear of the second-placed New Zealand side and seven ahead of third-placed South Africa Test side. However, if India lose the impending Test series at home, they will lose their top spot in the rankings chart. Any score in the contest by a difference of one or more will help South Africa reclaim the top spot.
Here are the ranking scenarios as per the series result...
- If India lose by 1-0, both the teams will have the same rating of 112, but South Africa will edge ahead with in terms of more points bagged in lesser matches. The numbers will be the same if the series ends with a 2-1 margin in favour of South Africa.
- A margin of victory by 2-0 or 3-0 will help South Africa script a lead two ore seven, respectively with India being the second-placed side in either scenario.
- In case of a 1-1 draw, India will still maintain the top spot, but with a rating of 114 while South Africa will remain third, but with a rating of 109.
Out of the previous 13 Test series between the two nations, South Africa lead the head-to-head tie with 7-3 win-loss record while remaining three ended in a draw. And out of the six times that South Africa have visited India for a Test match, either side won two matches each while the other two ended in a draw. Overall, South Africa lead with a 15-10 record against India in 36 Tests played between the two.
The last time South Africa had visited India, the Proteas had lost 3-0 in 2015 which was their first overseas series loss in 11 years. "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.