India’s Virat Kohli maintained his No. 1 position in the ICC Twenty20 batsmen rankings while…
Sanjjeev K Samyal,Mumbai: In the limited chances captain Virat Kohli has got, he has done well for his team to
be a deserving Test No 1. But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Whether India are the best team in the world is open to debate for you need to beat every other country home and away to be worthy of that tag.
However, there’s no doubting India’s potential to become a very good side in all conditions. The ascent of Kohli’s team to the top has come after wins over Sri Lanka and West Indies away, and South Africa and New Zealand at home. Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand don’t count among the toughest of opponents, while South Africa were given no chance on rank turners.
Still, compared to the heavyweights of world cricket, India seem to have the best balance and are playing as a unit. More importantly, they are playing an exciting brand of cricket with a strong leader at the helm. Since Kohli took over as captain on the 2014-15 Australia tour, India have won 10 Tests and drawn five, losing just one game.
First number 1 batch
When India first became No 1, in December 2009, the team was full of superstars – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman. But they were entering the last phase of their careers. Their reign lasted till 2011, but the fall after that was dramatic. The new batch’s advantage is they have their careers ahead of them.In Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, after almost six years, India can claim to have a settled batting unit. Like the 2009 batch, anyone in the top six is capable of getting a hundred.
Ashwin’s support cast
Also encouraging was the bowlers’ performances.