After the conclusion of the white-ball action consisting of three T20Is, India and South Africa are all set to lock horns in the purest format of the game. The forthcoming Test series scheduled to commence from October 2 will also embark South Africa’s journey in the ICC World Test Championship.
Currently, India sits at the top of the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with 115 rating points, courtesy of a stunning and consistent show in Test cricket.
However, the men in blue cannot afford to relax as the Tests against South Africa could see them getting dethroned. If the tourists manage to win the series by any margin, the rainbow nation will take the top position pushing India at the 2nd spot.
For that to happen, South Africa will have to play their best cricket as the absence of star players like Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn puts them under immense pressure in testing conditions. Nevertheless, India has no time to blink an eye as a series defeat would damage them in both ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings and the points table of the highly celebrated Test Championship.