Edited By Arun Kumar | TheIndianPaper.com | Updated:
- Team India was first in ICC Test rankings for last 42 months
- When the ICC removed the 2016-17 season from its ranking system, Australia became the no. One
- Gautam Gambhir is not happy with the point system of Test Championship
- ‘Australia’s performance abroad poor, how did it get first place in the rankings’
Former Indian cricket team opener Gautam Gambhir has questioned the ranking of the International Cricket Council (ICC), putting Australia once again in the number one position in Tests. Gambhir said that India has made more impact in Test cricket in recent times. The team has also won on foreign soil, especially in Australia.
Gambhir said on what basis has Australia been given the number 1 ranking (ICC Test Rankings), while its performance in the Indian subcontinent has been ‘very poor’. The Indian team was at the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings for 42 months but earlier this month the ICC changed the rankings under new rules, after which India moved up to third place and Australia came first.
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The ICC removed the 2016–17 season from this ranking system. Gambhir said on the ICC’s decision that the Indian team has done the best in recent times.
He said, ‘No, I am not surprised by India slipping to third place. I do not trust the points and ranking system. Probably, the test championship has the worst point system … you win the match on home ground or on foreign soil, you get equal points. it’s useless.’
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Gambhir said, ‘Yes, of course. This points system is strange. If you look at it completely, India has lost series on foreign soil but won in Australia. Undoubtedly, he is the best competitive cricket playing team. He won the Test match in South Africa, won the Test match in England … many countries could not do it. ‘
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The 38-year-old former lefthand batsman said, “I think the Indian team should have been number one but now Australia … I don’t understand on what basis Australia has been ranked number one?” Their performance on foreign soil has been very poor, especially in the Indian subcontinent. ‘