India’s first ever No.1 Test team and where they are today
With an innings win against Sri Lanka at the Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium the Indian team studded with legends were at the peak of the rankings.
Published - Nov 30, 2017 8:56 pm | Updated - Nov 30, 2017 11:32 pm
On 6th December 2009, India achieved the No.1 ranking for the first time in the ICC Test rankings for the teams which was introduced in June 2003. An innings win against Sri Lanka at the Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium ensured Team India attained the peak rank following their 4th consecutive series victory.
After eight years, India are on the top of the rankings having kept their position intact for a year and lead the team at No.2 by quite a margin. However, only one of the 11 players who were part of that 2009 Test is currently part of Indian Test squad while some of the outstanding players retired, others are out of favour.
1. Virender Sehwag:
Sehwag, who scored 293 runs in that game including 284 in a single day’s play, announced his retirement in 2015 and became part of the Hindi commentary panel. The Indian opener was a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2011 but his consistent failures across all formats led to his ouster at the start of 2013. On his birthday in 2015, he officially announced retirement after several unsuccessful attempts at making a comeback to the national side.