“Disputed” #1 Ranking?


I keep hearing that India is not the “undisputed” #1 ranked team in the World. Even, Mohan in his post, maintains that India has to beat Australia in Australia and South Africa in South Africa to be ranked #1.

When Australia became the #1 ranked team in the world, they had one of the best teams – they had beaten every team in their own backyard and for some reason, we now believe that to be ranked #1, you have to do the same. This is where I have an issue with.

India has earned the #1 rank based on it’s own rise and the decline of other teams. The decline of other teams (notably Australia) and the rise of other teams (India, England and Sri Lanka) have made it a more level playing field. One of the key things to remember is that the ranking takes into account the results of the last three years and the quality of the opposition (based on the points differential).

In the last three years, Australia has drawn a series with Pakistan (ranked below them), lost a series to England (ranked below them), lost a series to South Africa (who were ranked below them at that time), lost a series to India (who were again ranked below them). Clearly the Aussies have declined.

India on the other hand, ended up having either a drawn series or had won against teams that ranked higher. That is how they got their ratings up.

The rankings do not take into account whether the series win was at home or away. Should it? I used to argue that this was the case, but I am now in the other camp. Over the course of a home and away series against the same team, this evens out. Do I want to see India beat Australia or South Africa in an away series? Hell, yeah! Do I get more satisfaction then beating them at home? Undoubtedly. But, I think this should have no bearings on the test ranking calculations.

In my view:

  • India is currently the #1 ranked team in the World and whether you like it or not/agree or disagree with it -  it is a fact and they’ve earned it. Sure, the decline of other teams has helped India’s cause. But no one complains about this in any other sport (Imagine someone saying that Nadal doesn’t deserve to be #1, as Federer isn’t as good as he used to be). So, get over it Smile
  • The #1 ranking in no way means that the team is indestructible or that they’ve won playing against every team – it means that over a period of three years, they have won enough to be ranked higher than other teams. (Using the same tennis analogy, you don’t have to win all tournaments or achieve a grand slam to be the #1 ranked player)
  • The test championship idea seems interesting, but I am not sure how it would work out. If the championship was played today – Australia wouldn’t even be in it! But hey, that is OK….if only the top four teams qualify for it, so be it. I would like to wait and watch the first championship, before I pass judgement on it. I don’t think this event would take the gloss of the existing ranking system, though…it would even strengthen it.

On an interesting side note, did you know that even if India lose the series 2-0 to Australia, India would still be ranked #1?

-Mahesh-

Advertisements

3 responses to ““Disputed” #1 Ranking?

  1. Completely agree with Mahesh.

    One more point I’ll like to add.

    Australia were “undisputed” number one side from 99-2004 too. But did they have a series in India or in SL then? Nobody questioned their number one rank then? Then why is India’s rank questioned? Why does India have to win a series in Australia and SA to be a number one team and Australia can be numero uno without winning one in India and SL?

    Also the thing is why do we have this sudden interest in the ranking system and why India is not the number one team now? Wasn’t the raking system launched some ten years back?

  2. TO,
    THE DIRCTOR / MANAGER DATED- 2-10-2010
    RANJI CRICKET TROPHY
    INDIA
    APPLICATION- REQUEST FOR CO- OPERATION FOR A CRICKET PLAYER.
    DEAR SIR,
    I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU THAT I AM SYED AMIR ALI . I AM PLAYING THE CRICKET GAME SINCE 7 YEARS MY CHILD HOOD PERIOD AND JOINED NORTHERN RAILWAY CRICKET CLUB LUCKNOW . I AM YOUNG OF 16 YEARS AND STUDENT OF UNIVERSITY. I AM SEEKING THAT KINDLY CALL ME AND SEE MY CRICKET MATCH PERSSONALLY , IF I AM SUITABLE , PLEASE GIVE ME A CHANCE TO PLAY UNDER YOUR KIND CONTROL SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
    THANKING YOU.
    YOUR’S FAITHFULLY
    SYED AMIR ALI
    EMAIL: syedamira@ymail.com
    MOBILE NO. 0091 8127559439
    SYED AMIR ALI-70D2/160 -SYEDWARA(RASOOLPUR)
    ALLAHABAD
    U.P

  3. Think about buying a new high definition television when you
    go to purchase a new gaming system. Using these codes is counterproductive to the game’s purpose.
    This game puts the players in war simulations similar to that of
    the war in Iraq.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s