Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has lashed out at the ranking system of the International Cricket Council, questioning Australia’s rise to the top of the Test rankings.
Earlier this month, India slipped to the No.3 position of the ICC Test rankings. The team led by Virat Kohli was at the no.1 position since 2016. The Indian team stayed at the top for 42 months before slipping below Australia and New Zealand.
ICC released a statement on this subject. The council explained that India’s records of the 2016-17 season have been removed in the current cycle. The team had won 12 Tests and lost only one during that period. After the statement came out, Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir heavily criticized the sudden shift in rankings.
“India has yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update,” ICC said.
Speaking on chat show, Gambhir took a dig at the ICC World Test Championships points system and said: “No, I am not surprised. I don’t believe in points and ranking system. Probably the worst was there in the World Test Championship… that you win the same points when you win a Test match away from home. That’s ridiculous.”
Gambhir further said that India have been the most competitive side in Test cricket over the past few years.’ “Yes, absolutely. 100%. If you have to see from the overall impact point of view, India have lost series away from home but won against Australia.
Hands down, they have been the most competitive side. They won a Test in South Africa, won a Test match in England… not many countries have done that,” he said.
Gambhir further added that Australia have not been the best when travelling over the past few years. “For me, India should be there because Australia… I have serious doubts On what front have you given Australia the No. 1 Test ranking?
“They have been absolutely pathetic away from home, especially in the sub-continent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir also lauded the BCCI for apparently agreeing to tour Australia later this year if it sees their players undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
India’s tour of Australia will begin with a T20 tri-series in October and is scheduled to end with a four-match Test series in December. The speculation on the tour was because of the travel restrictions currently in place and the uncertainty surrounding how long it would take to control the pandemic.
“Good on the BCCI. Fabulous. This is a very, very positive sign. They are probably looking at the bigger picture, it will change the mood of the country. Winning the series is a different thing, it’s very important but it will probably change the mood of both the countries as well. Not only India but probably for Australia.
“When BCCI is there… they are probably the richest board they have got to be statesman as well. If India are to Australia, then I have a lot of respect for the BCCI,” Gambhir said.