With the Twenty20 International series ending in a draw, India and South Africa will shift their focus to the upcoming three-match Test series starting from October 2. The forthcoming series will pose a threat to Virat Kohli & Co’s no 1 Test ranking as they can lose their pinnacle spot if they go down in the series.
The Asian giants have been dominant in the five-day format of the game for quite a few years now. India have produced stellar efforts in England and South Africa last year and then scripted history beating Australia down under for the first time. They continued their good run against West Indies to consolidate their top spot in the ICC Rankings.
India are currently at the top of the ICC Test rankings chart with 115 points. They stand six points clear of second-placed New Zealand and seven points ahead of South Africa, who are at the third place. When Virat Kohli & his boys go up against the Proteas, their pinnacle position will be under threat.
If India lose the impending Test series at home, they will lose their top spot in the ICC rankings. South Africa will climb to the top of the chart if they beat the home side by a margin of 1 or more.
As far as the results are concerned, here are the different scenarios:
- If India go down by 1-0, both the teams will finish with 112 points, but South Africa will edge the hosts 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 or seven points 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 114 points (losing one point) while South Africa will remain third 109 points.