India star batsman Virat Kohli reflected that the top rank was a short-term incentive after his side lost the number one spot of the ICC Test team rankings to their arch rivals Pakistan.
The Indian skipper regarded his team’s top rank achievement as short term incentive after they failed to triumph over West Indies with a 3-0 margin due to washout. The match at Port of Spain was limited to just 22 overs on the opening day due to waterlogged outfield. West Indies lost two early wickets and were only able to record 62 runs in the five-day match.
After Australia were whitewashed by Sri Lanka, they lost their top spot to India. However, India required conquering the hosts by 3-0 margin in order to retain their top rank. With Pakistan on the other hand managed to square the series with a final match victory at The Oval against England and thus became the new number one Test team of the world for the first time since the inception of ranking system in 2003.
However, India is all geared up for the 13 match home Test season and Kohli is eying to regain the top rank again which he labelled as a short-term incentive. He was quoted in a post-match press conference, “I said at the time that getting to number one was always a short-term incentive. Other teams have played 10-15 more Tests than us so it will keep switching. We can judge ourselves better at the end of our home season.”
The Blues are scheduled for home Test season for the following six months and are hoping to claw back into the number one rank.
Australia have played 36 Test matches and are now ranked at number third with 108 points. England on the other hand are also with 108 points but are placed at the fourth spot. They have played 41 matches in the longest format this season and claimed a shot at the top rank after they triumph at Edgbaston.
Regardless of a fourth match washout, India claimed the series by 2-0 against the hosts. The captain Jason Holder admitted they have suffered a brutal defeat but stressed that his side have seen improvement in team’s performance. Holder reflected to media, “We looked set to compete at certain stages of the series but just couldn’t close out at crucial stages. We faltered a bit in this series. Going forward we need to seize those moments.”
West Indies will square off the new number one team Pakistan at United Arab Emirates for Test matches in September. The series also involve three One Day Internationals and three T20Is.