The last three and half years have been disastrous for the Indian cricket team when it came to their performances in Test cricket overseas. They have now hit a new low as they slipped to the number seventh spot in the latest ICC Rankings that was realised post completion of the India-Australia Sydney Test on Saturday.
Though India managed to save the Sydney Test, they went on to lose the Test series 2-0. Prior to this, India lost in England 3-1, New Zealand 1-0, and South Africa 1-0. In 2011-12 season, India lost in England and Australia, both 4-0.
The Virat Kohli led India have 95 rating points and are now placed only above West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. In 2009, India under MS Dhoni’s leadership had claimed the number one spot but the same team under the same captain began a string of losses in 2011.
South Africa are ranked number one and Australia are second followed by England. India’s arch-rivals Pakistan are at fourth position.
ICC Test Rankings as on January 10, 2015.
- South Africa (124 rating points)
- Australia (118)
- England (104)
- Pakistan (103)
- New Zealand (99)
- Sri Lanka (96)
- India (95)
- West Indies (76)
- Bangladesh (32)
- Zimbabwe (18)