Bangalore, Aug 22: India will get back to Test cricket when they face New Zealand on Thursday. However, even if they win the two-match series 2-0 they cannot displace arch rivals Pakistan, who are one place ahead, in the ICC rankings.
In the current ICC Test rankings, India are fifth with 104 rating points. Pakistan are in fourth with 109 points. A clean sweep against the Kiwis will not alter MS Dhoni and his men's position in the rankings.
A 2-0 victory will earn Dhoni's side two ratings points, which will put India on 106 ratings points, while pushing New Zealand to 76 ratings points (down from 80), an ICC media release said.
However, if the series result is reversed, then India will slip behind Sri Lanka into sixth position and New Zealand will reduce the 10-point difference with the seventh-ranked West Indies to just one rating point.
In case of a one-all series result, India will concede three ratings points while New Zealand will gain three ratings points.
India will be seen in Test cricket after a gap of more than six months. Their last Test series was in Australia in January when they were whitewashed 4-0 by the home team.
ICC Test Rankings as on August 22 with ratings
1. South Africa 120
2. England 117
3. Australia 116
4. Pakistan 109
5. India 104
6. Sri Lanka 98
7. West Indies 90
8. New Zealand 80
9. Bangladesh 0