England Dethroned India to Capture No.1 Ranking in Test Cricket
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England Dethroned India to Capture No.1 Ranking in Test Cricket

India's No.1 ranking at the test cricket was short lived.In the England-India ongoing test cricket series, 2011, England won the first, second and third tests played at Lords,Trent Bridge and Edgbaston respectively and dethroned India to capture the No.1 ranking in test cricket.

England dethroned India to capture No. 1 ranking  in test cricket

India’s test cricket rating as the No.1 team was short lived. In the ongoing test cricket series, 2011, being played between India and England, England substantially beat India in the first,second and third cricket tests played at Lords,Trent Bridge and Edgbaston respectively and captured the No.1 ranking in test cricket dethroning India.

But India reached the pinnacle in test cricket several months ago.Thanks to the eminent South African cricket coach Gary Kirsten whose positive approach goaded every Indian player to believe in them and give their best to reach the prime position. India also managed to become the world champion in the shorter version of the game against all odds.

India managed to reach the number one position in test cricket by virtue of its hard work and through its eminent batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S.Laxman and the devastating and emerging openers Virendar Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and medium pacer Zaheer Khan and the Off Spinner Harbajan Singh and the Indian team was ably led by M.S.Dhoni.

However, the eminent batting trio Sachin, Dravid and VVS.Laxman are all in their late 30s and sooner or later likely to retire from test cricket. In the England series, though Rahul Dravid waged a lone battle by scoring centuries at Lords and Trent Bridge, VVS.Laxman’s contribution was not up to his standard and cricketing caliber. Sachin wilted under pressure from whom hundredth century was not forthcoming at Lords and contributed very little in his hundredth test played at Trent Bridge.He was dismissed cheaply for just one run in the third test. India’s strike bowler Zaheer Khan suffering from a hamstring injury could not bowl in the tests played at Lords and Trent Bridge and returned to India halfway down the tour.The dashing opener Viru recovering from a shoulder injury joined the Indian team only in the third test and scored golden ducks in both innings of the third test.Harbajan was out of form and so his performance was off color. Other Indian bowlers Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth with little exposure to English conditions were good in patches only. Besides, the Indian captain M.S.Dhoni, played a captain's knock only in the third test played at Edgbaston scoring 77 and 74 in the first and second innings respectively but they did not help India to avert an innings defeat and retain the No.1 ranking in test cricket.Above all, most of the Indian players seemed to have exhausted their energy in the IPL IV series in India.In short it was a lacklustre performance from a team which boasted of world class players like Sachin, Dravid and VVS.Laxman and others.

On the other hand, the England team having done their home work remained well prepared for the series with a single minded purpose and concentration to dethrone India. While Kevin Peterson scored an unbeaten double century at Lords, it was Ian Bell who took the game away from India by scoring century at Trent Bridge and again it was Cook who scored a brilliant 294 in the third test played at Edgbaston.In the third test, England beat India by an innings and 242 runs.Such was the domination and clinical performance by England.The English bowlers, Broad in particular, made significant contributions with their devastating bowling spells in all the three tests played at Lords,  Trent Bridge and Edgbaston,by taking wickets at the crucial juncture in both tests to dismiss India cheaply. England reached this coveted No.1 ranking after 32 years.

By virtue of their batting as well as bowling strength, the England team deserved to win all the three tests played at Lords,Trent Bridge and Edgbaston and so they rightly won and captured the No 1 ranking in test cricket by dethroning India.Kudos to England !!

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Comments (8)

Interesting and enjoyable read.thanks

Interesting read Rama.

Very interesting, Rama, even though I'm not a cricket fan.

Yeah, India is in a terrible form. Even 4-0 looks possible.

At least England had a chance to gain some lead in such a game as cricket. However so any game played with a rounded ball will always claim an unlikely winner at the whims of its players. Thanks for sharing, Rama.

Very nicely done.

I do admire cricket coaches. Thank you for the interesting and educational article so well done.

As I'm from the UK ... *Does her England Dance* Woohoo... but then I'm not much for cricket if I'm honest lol. Great write up!

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