Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Team India lining up for national anthem during 2017 Champions Trophy     Getty Images
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Team India lining up for national anthem during 2017 Champions Trophy Getty Images

India are already the mace-holders in Test cricket, and they have been the No. 1 side for almost a year now. They will attain the same superiority in ODIs if they edge past Australia in the ongoing five-ODI series. However, that is not a matter of concern for the Indians. The main test, if truth be told, will be in countries such as South Africa, England, and Australia.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, former Australia captain Michael Clarke said, India are the No. 1 Test side in the world. They are a very good team. They have a huge opportunity as they are slated to play South Africa, England and Australia abroad over the next 15 months. If they win those three series, they will certainly rank as a great outfit – perhaps one of the best-ever Indian sides.

India beat England 1-0 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid, their overall third win on the English soil. However, South Africa and England are still the unchartered territories.

In 2007, Dravid s team thrashed South Africa in the opening Test of the three-Test series, but the hosts staged a comeback and won the remaining two.

In 2008, India came close to winning a series in Australia, after they won the Perth Test. However, a few umpiring howlers pushed them on the wrong side of the result.

Kohli, so far, has won one series in West Indies, two in Sri Lanka, and five in India. Whether he emerges victorious in South Africa, England, and Australia, is a question only time can tell.