With a five-Test series starting July 9 against England, India has a rare opportunity to climb the ICC (International Cricket Council) rankings and potentially move up to the No. 3 spot. Prior to the start of the India-England series, India is ranked at the fourth spot with 102 rating points. England is No. 5 with 100 rating points.
According to the ICC, a win can potentially move up either team to the No. 3 spot, while a loss could bring a side all the way down to the No. 7 spot. For India, however, the plan is straightforward: a win over England practically guarantees leapfrogging Pakistan for the third spot in the international rankings.
For England, the move up in ICC rankings is a bit more of a complex situation. Essentially, England need to win the series against India by a difference of at least two Tests to move up to No. 3 in the world. If England wins by just one Test, they move up to No. 4 while India falls to No. 5. If India somehow sweep England 5-0, the Brits will fall all the way down to No. 7.
According to the ICC, both teams’ movement in the rankings is also partially dependent on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Individual performances are always a variable.
Cheteshwar Pujara of India (No. 7) has the opportunity to catapult into the top five with a strong performance, while Virat Kolhi (No. 10) will be able to further cement his spot in the top 10. Kohli is just 16 rating points from breaking the 800-point barrier and moving ahead of Ross Taylor of New Zealand.
Australia and South Africa are respectively No. 1 and No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings.