India has retained the number one position on the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table after the annual update and is now 11 ratings points clear of South Africa.
By virtue of earning a draw in the second Test against Sri Lanka, India has also ensured that it will still be on top of the table following the conclusion of the current series irrespective of how the third Test pans out. The result of Sri Lanka and India Test series will only reflect on the table at the end of the final Test on 7 August as the Test Championship can only be updated at the end of each series.
The annual update of both the Reliance Mobile ICC Test and ODI Championship tables take place so that both lists continue to reflect recent form with older results being discarded.
The Test table reflects all Test series that were completed since August 2007. All series played until the start of next August will be added to this table, so by then the ratings will be based on four years of results, with series completed within the last two years carrying greater weight.
Next August the first year of results will be dropped and this pattern is repeated each August, with the oldest of the four years of results removed to be gradually replaced with results of series completed over the following 12 months. Thus, once a year, the Test rankings change overnight without any new series being completed.
India has hugely benefitted from the annual update as it has gained six ratings points to jump from 124 ratings points to 130, 11 ahead of its closest rival South Africa which had dropped one ratings point to 119.
However, India’s 11-point lead at the top will be short-lived following its failure to win its current series in Sri Lanka.
If India wins the third Test, which starts at P.Sara’ Oval, Colombo, on Tuesday 3 August to draw the series at one-all, it will drop to 127 ratings points, while Sri Lanka will move into third place on 115 rating points, ahead of both Australia and England.
If the Test is drawn, India will slip to 124 ratings points, just five points ahead of both South Africa and Sri Lanka. However, Kumar Sangakkara’s side will be placed just below Graeme Smith’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Another defeat for India will not only see it plummet to 122 ratings points but will lift Sri Lanka to 121 ratings points and into second position on the Test Championship for only the second time since the current Test ranking system was introduced in 2003.
Sri Lanka had previously claimed second spot on the Test Championship in late August last year following a series win over New Zealand and stayed there until it lost 2-0 to India in December.