The battle for No. 1 spot begins

Written by: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Friday, February 5, 2010, 20:04 [IST]
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The battle for No. 1 spot begins

The battle for the No. 1 spot begins as India take on South Africa in the First Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur. It what is being dubbed as the Calling this series the World Championship of Cricket. This definitely might seem to be an exaggeration by the broadcasters to create a hype around the series but in true terms this is a battle between the No1. and the No. 2 ranked teams in the world.

This series also holds significance because it is not too often when two top cricket teams battle for the top spot with neither of them being Australia. Both the teams have played some scintillating cricket in the past year or so and pushed Australia to the third sport in the ICC Test Rankings. This series will not only decide who becomes No. 1 but will also decide who takes US$ 175,000 by being at the No. 1 spot till the annual cut-off date of April 1.

India who are one a high having won their last four matches on a row will be a little on the back foot missing Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh due to injuries. Even VVS Laxman is not a guaranteed starter for the first test nursing a finger injury. With a little inexperienced batting line-up Dhoni and his men will definitely loose out an edge they would have otherwise being familiar with the conditions and being in the Test mood.

South Africa on the other have been one of the best touring sides when it comes to playing in India. Their record in the last decade in India will even shame the Australians. South Africa was one of the first teams to defeat Indian in the India in the last two decades. They thrashed India 2-0 in the 2000 series when Hansie Cronje led the side to a series win. It is another fact that the tour became famous for all the wrong seasons.

All said and done this will be one of the most exciting cricket series of the last decade. It will also be a battle between the two captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Graeme Smith are two of the best captains in world cricket. Neither India nor South Africa will let the opponent walk away with the Test honours.

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