India are not the best, neither are England

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 13:46 [IST]
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Sorry, England are not the best yet

Bangalore, Aug 3: With the two emphatic victories that England have secured against India, the shenanigans are out in full volume claiming them to be the best Test team on the planet right now. The way they have managed to win these two matches, are enough indication that this England team is one to look forward to. But to say that they are the best in the business is a gross overstatement.

This English team is only one of the three suitors in race for the best Test team's throne left vacant by the decline of Australia. The other two being India and South Africa. While English fans might want to crush my skulls, the truth remains that like India had to prove their number one tag right the same applies to England too.

India were the world number one without series wins in South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka. Checking the figures with England the facts are even more dismal as they haven't won a series in the sub-continent (barring Bangladesh) in almost three generations.

Narrowing the context to only India and England, the former have won a series against the latter once each at home and abroad. But the reverse is not true. England have not won a series in India in four decades. And given the way the English clamoured for India to prove themselves on seaming tracks, they now need to prove themselves on turning Indian tracks and assert their supremacy in World Cricket.

While the series is not over yet and the possibility of India staging a comeback not ruled out, there are enough chances of the number one ranking staying unchanged. But the way England have played so far they have really done their prospects of being called the best Test team no harm. And only if they can prove themselves in the sub-continent then they will be convincing almost everyone to call them the best in the business.

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