England v India, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day August 13, 2011

England dethrone India to become No.1

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England have claimed the No. 1 spot for the first time under the current rankings system which has been in place since 2003, thanks to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing Test series against India at home. England, who were No. 3 at the start of the series, had to win the series by a margin of two Tests to become No. 1, and their three straight wins - all of them by big margins - have dethroned India, who reigned since December 2009.

The climb to the top received a boost in 2009 when England reclaimed the Ashes at home after suffering a series defeat to West Indies in the Caribbean. They drew a series in South Africa after that, beat Pakistan comprehensively at home and retained the Ashes with a 3-1 win in Australia in 2010-11. Prior to beating India, they won 1-0 against Sri Lanka at home. Since May 2009, they've won 19 out of the 30 Tests they've played with just four defeats and without conceding a series.

The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat led the praises for Andrew Strauss's team. "On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Andrew Strauss, Andy Flower and the whole team for becoming the number-one ranked Test team in the world," Lorgat said in a release that was issued seconds after England's innings win at Edgbaston. "I know they were determined to be number-one and through careful planning and a series of clinical performances, they have deservedly achieved their goal. They were clearly the most consistent side in the world over the past few years."

The rankings table will be updated after the Oval Test which will end on August 22. If England win the Test, India will drop to third place - to 117 points from 119 currently, with South Africa moving to second. A win or a draw for India will keep them at No. 2. At the end of the series, England will be presented with a mace for reaching the top spot.

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  • LivingDead on August 16, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Congrats to England. Winning or losing is a part of the game. These are the same Indian players who have done well in SA, NZ and Eng in 2007. No use blaming IPLas well, can't blame players for taking the opportunity. BCCI is the real culprit. Single 2 day practise match, nonsense cricket schedule and mismanagement of talent.

  • pom_don on August 16, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    zico123 what planet are you on..... 'it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part' if Zaheer hadn't eaten all the pies he might have remained a bit fitter, he was obviously out of nick & overweight before he started as was Yuvraj.....these guys are supposed to be pro sportsmen & TEST CRICKET is just that a TEST both of mental strength & fitness & talent. We were without TROTT & TREMLETT plus most likely ANDERSON for the fourth test you don't hear us moaning in fact I am rather looking forward to Onions if he bowls I reckon he will give the Indians a lot of problems!

  • on August 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team for a deserving #1 spot and thorough whacking of my team. The Indian team was ruthlessly exposed and mercilessly bullied into submission. As much as i want to see India up and running again, i feel such a result was long pending and hopefully something good comes out of it. I hope that we somehow are spared from the 4-0 spanking. Where are the famous English summer rains!!

  • reality_check on August 16, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    @zico123. You play with the team you have and not with the team you wished you had. Who cares if Zaheer and Sehwag (King pair maestro) were not fit to play or for that matter the whole Indian top batting order. They were pretty fit to play IPL and were even rested thru WI tour. Your lame excuse is... well pretty lame.

  • Valavan on August 15, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @Midstump, When Australia lost the ashes in 2009, they were no.1 who moved to no.4 due to the ashes loss. All these indians just want to spread false information. That was it, when England regained ashes, SA took the top spot for about 4 months until SL and India batteled in 2009 November for the Top Spot.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Some ridiculous comments on here. Obviously everyone knows they will not be the undisputed number one for some time until they have proved their doubters wrong - as India did for a while - yet I'd like people to remember that when India beat England three/four years ago England were the injury stricken side with a second string attack. Something that India can't claim this time round - and England drew in India again in the last few years.

    Also @Maddy20 - to say that they won't be number on until they've won a world cup is ridiculous. This is the best test team we're talking about. No more. No one is claiming England are a great one day side.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Take a look at England's past sucess.. 80 percent at home... and comming up for them is tour of Pak & SL... do i need t mention anything more.. india reigned 22 months.. lets see how long Englishmen ride on the spot.

  • zico123 on August 15, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part, it is unfair to judge a depleted Indian side against a full strength England side. i am sure the result would have been other way round if India was at full strength and England was without Peterson, Bell and Anderson. England's bowling is not good enough to win in sub-continent, so their stint at top will be shorter than that of India

  • awg3599 on August 15, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @maddy20 and exactly who were India beating during this same time other than Asian teams in Asia? No one I can think of apart from that sorrowful performance against WI a couple of weeks ago - a team that would lose to Geoff Boycott's grandma at the moment. AND I think it is a very important distinction that you FAIL to make consistently ODIs are different to TEST cricket and are different to T20. Well done India for winning world cup by the way but England are now TEST number 1 AND T20 World Champions. Sounds like a whole lot more success than one world cup......

  • dsig3 on August 15, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @anoopsiva, I dont know mate. I think they have the best squad in the world at the moment. They dont have any glaring holes. They are yet to be fully tested but they are streets ahead of India in talent with a great crop of young players. Other teams have some strong points but England cover all bases. If England dont hold the no. 1 ranking for longer than India I think they will be under achieving.

  • LivingDead on August 16, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Congrats to England. Winning or losing is a part of the game. These are the same Indian players who have done well in SA, NZ and Eng in 2007. No use blaming IPLas well, can't blame players for taking the opportunity. BCCI is the real culprit. Single 2 day practise match, nonsense cricket schedule and mismanagement of talent.

  • pom_don on August 16, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    zico123 what planet are you on..... 'it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part' if Zaheer hadn't eaten all the pies he might have remained a bit fitter, he was obviously out of nick & overweight before he started as was Yuvraj.....these guys are supposed to be pro sportsmen & TEST CRICKET is just that a TEST both of mental strength & fitness & talent. We were without TROTT & TREMLETT plus most likely ANDERSON for the fourth test you don't hear us moaning in fact I am rather looking forward to Onions if he bowls I reckon he will give the Indians a lot of problems!

  • on August 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team for a deserving #1 spot and thorough whacking of my team. The Indian team was ruthlessly exposed and mercilessly bullied into submission. As much as i want to see India up and running again, i feel such a result was long pending and hopefully something good comes out of it. I hope that we somehow are spared from the 4-0 spanking. Where are the famous English summer rains!!

  • reality_check on August 16, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    @zico123. You play with the team you have and not with the team you wished you had. Who cares if Zaheer and Sehwag (King pair maestro) were not fit to play or for that matter the whole Indian top batting order. They were pretty fit to play IPL and were even rested thru WI tour. Your lame excuse is... well pretty lame.

  • Valavan on August 15, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @Midstump, When Australia lost the ashes in 2009, they were no.1 who moved to no.4 due to the ashes loss. All these indians just want to spread false information. That was it, when England regained ashes, SA took the top spot for about 4 months until SL and India batteled in 2009 November for the Top Spot.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Some ridiculous comments on here. Obviously everyone knows they will not be the undisputed number one for some time until they have proved their doubters wrong - as India did for a while - yet I'd like people to remember that when India beat England three/four years ago England were the injury stricken side with a second string attack. Something that India can't claim this time round - and England drew in India again in the last few years.

    Also @Maddy20 - to say that they won't be number on until they've won a world cup is ridiculous. This is the best test team we're talking about. No more. No one is claiming England are a great one day side.

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Take a look at England's past sucess.. 80 percent at home... and comming up for them is tour of Pak & SL... do i need t mention anything more.. india reigned 22 months.. lets see how long Englishmen ride on the spot.

  • zico123 on August 15, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part, it is unfair to judge a depleted Indian side against a full strength England side. i am sure the result would have been other way round if India was at full strength and England was without Peterson, Bell and Anderson. England's bowling is not good enough to win in sub-continent, so their stint at top will be shorter than that of India

  • awg3599 on August 15, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @maddy20 and exactly who were India beating during this same time other than Asian teams in Asia? No one I can think of apart from that sorrowful performance against WI a couple of weeks ago - a team that would lose to Geoff Boycott's grandma at the moment. AND I think it is a very important distinction that you FAIL to make consistently ODIs are different to TEST cricket and are different to T20. Well done India for winning world cup by the way but England are now TEST number 1 AND T20 World Champions. Sounds like a whole lot more success than one world cup......

  • dsig3 on August 15, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @anoopsiva, I dont know mate. I think they have the best squad in the world at the moment. They dont have any glaring holes. They are yet to be fully tested but they are streets ahead of India in talent with a great crop of young players. Other teams have some strong points but England cover all bases. If England dont hold the no. 1 ranking for longer than India I think they will be under achieving.

  • Valavan on August 15, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @maddy20, I think your cricket is limited for last 18 years, In the Last 30 years, 1984 is 27 yrs back from now and England won a series in India by 2 - 1 under David gower's captaincy. so First understand the truth, you are crushed in England. we will celebrate this moment and moments to come,

  • MidStump on August 15, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @anoopsiva, I dont think Australia were No 5 when England beat them to take back the Ashes in 2009 (I am sure that some one can correct me on this if I am wrong). And if I remember correctly, the English beat the Aussies in Australia in 2010/2011. Oh wait!! England did. As for under prepared Indians, are you even sane? They had just completed a series in the Caribbean and they are under prepared? How did you arrive at THAT conclusion? England just beat the No 1 team to become No 1. Well Played, I say!! Everything else is just sour grapes, sore losers and other assorted what-have-yous!! And just to summarise, they record thus far LLLWWDWWWWW and currently 3-0 up in a 4 test series so that's definitely a W. And stop whingeing! You almost do it as well as the Aussies do. India lost and lost in as absolute a manner as any team can.

  • 5wombats on August 15, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @maddy20 Do you remember the second test? "India should shut them out by lunch tomorrow, at most by tea. England will know what it is like to be hit by injuries in a crucial game and all the Poms who made fun of India will eat their words for lunch on the fourth day of this match". My advice then was to keep quiet about india's chances. So, how was that defeat for you? Why are you giving us a history lessons about ODI's? There is no connection, none, between WC's and Test cricket. Why don't you concentrate on the now - the fact that india has been completely crushed, instead of reliving the past? How about; England have humiliated india", or how about; "WELL DONE ENGLAND"!! That wouldn't hurt now would it? Oh! I forgot you don't do grace and humility do you. Big talk has got you nowhere except noticed... india has been utterly thrashed and 4-0 awaits. Enjoy.

  • aujender on August 15, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Friends ! Have u observed that there are many similarities between India becoming number one in December 2009 and England in August 2011. First is that in both ocassion the team which become number one, one batsman scored 290 plus. In 2009 it was Sehwag and this times it is Cook. secondly this batsman who scored more 290 plus was out by the bolwler from the opposion who has takn maximum number of wicket in his test carrier in his side at that time. Sehwag was out by Murali and this time Cook by Ishant sharma, who has taken maximum number of wicket in the Indian playing eleven. Third in both these tests, the team batting frist lost by an inning. Teh team winning in both cases scored 700 plus runs, Forthly the loosing captain scroed highest total (combinly in both innings) for his side. Incedintely in second inning both were highest scrorer for their sides. What a game of cricket it is that the man who scroed highest in Mumbai around 20 months back could not open his account ie Sehwag

  • reality_check on August 15, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    India did not deserve to be # 1 team and jury is still out on how long England can last as # 1. Going by the standard established by Windies and Aussies, a team must win all/most home and away series to deserve top spot. India won mostly at home while never winning in SA or Aus hence a very short stint as # 1. Much hyped Indian batting was thoroughly exposed by English bowlers. And Sehwag... oh my.. he looks like he can only hit the ball on flat dead pitches. I believe only Dravid stands out as best Indian batsman thru the first three tests. Same goes for Eng. Anderson may be king of swing in English conditions but he is just a mediocre seam bowler outside of his comfirt zone.

  • mensan on August 15, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @maddy20 ... ENG beat IND in india in 1984-85. That was about 26 years ago. So how do you say this hasn't happned for last 30 years???

  • mensan on August 15, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    "Wonder if MS Dhoni now laments the ranking point he lost when he decided to draw the third Test against the West Indies, needing just 86 runs off 15 overs on the final day with seven wickets in hand.". This is from a web site and I agree with this. Dhoni acted foolishly.

  • DKS846 on August 15, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Its only the first series loss for Dhoni, which is quite good for any captain.

    Its too much hype and that is on;y beacus of losing no.1 spot. But it does not mean that no. 1 cant be regained....

    Even Australia lost its no.1 position and can happen to any team...

  • anoopsiva on August 15, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    apart from beating a 5th ranked australians and under prepared indians(that too at home) england dont have any memorable win..so they too r going to be dethroned after few series...

  • maddy20 on August 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @5wombats Do you remember when was the last time Eng has beaten Ind in India? Not ONCE in the last 30 years. India has beaten England in England , England in India in the last 4 years. Hell the Poms cannot even win a WC despite of hosting 4 of them, most by any country. When they win 2 WCs my friend, we will accept they are truly no.1 or atleast beat India in India and South Africa in South Africa.

  • pcraju on August 15, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Most of the comments posted on India's failure and going down in quality with the game of cricket is right. But some comments like blaming the coach or mentioning that England cant do it in India, doesnt sound appropriate. If this team has won under Gary Kirsten few months back, have they forgotten how to play Cricket now under Duncan Fletcher? If they've acquired skills, techniques, game plan, etc by winning matches in the past, would they forget them now under a new coach? If the players are really of quality and know the game, they should not be dependent on the coach. I can understand that about the bowlers who are second line bowlers without quality and experience in them. But how about the batsmen who have been playing for decades and made so many records for themselves? If they cannot play under any conditions, then they're not quality batsmen. Even a kid can play or perform at home, but when it goes out it has lot of other complications. So are Indian Players!!.

  • NeutralGuy on August 15, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Complacency brought India to its knees!!!

  • Stevo_ on August 15, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Not so easy at the top is it India? Maybe noq you can appreciate how much of an achievement it was for the Aussies to stay at the top so long. Well done England. Eng,SA,Ind sounds about right for the current top 3

  • on August 15, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    As an Indian fan, it is disappointing to see their performance on this series. It has been deplorable. The have been not up to the standards expected of # 1 team in either batting, bowling or fielding. You can't stay on top when you don't have wicket taking bowlers. BCCI should start paying attention to the the young corps as they are definitely not up to any international standards, if BCCI is only focusing on making money then Indian team will go the way of West Indies, it is about time they woke and considered having players who truly want to put the effort in improving and being physically fit. IMHO the number team should SA - they have truly proven themselves both home and away. It will be nice to watch the series between Eng and SA as they are right now the two best teams. Team India wake up and make an effort for crying out loud.

  • on August 15, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    July-August 2009 - Beat Australia 2-1 (Home ground, none the less good win) Dec-Jan 2009-10 - Drew with South Africa 1-1(Went to SA and drew level, good effort, but the same so called depleted Indian team did the same) March 2010 Beat Bangladesh 2-0 (lol., doesnt matter at all) May-June 2010 - Beat Bangladesh 2-0(Again cannot be considered) July-August 2010 - Beat Pakistan 3-1 (Home ground again and some frustratingly ironic Pakistan) November-January 2010-11 - Beat Australia 3-1 (Good win against a new look Aussie team on their home turf. To me , their only real big win on their march to No.1) May-June 2011 - Beat Sri Lanka 1-0 (Just a little better than their efforts against Bangladesh)

    Beating India(at their hometurf with pitches tailor made to assist thier in form bowlers against underprepared counterparts) is a masterclass to take the No.1 spot..

    3 cheers to their so called resurgance.. Not to underestimate their current squad, the best English I have seen..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @Lorien.forest, please don't get me wrong. England thoroughly deserve their ranking and they played some top notch cricket and they will be a tough team in India as well. But batting on flat tracks in England is different from playing on the challenging spin friendly tracks in the sub-continent. BTW, what do you mean by calling a challenging spin friendly track as flat track? If such tracks are called as flat tracks, why don't your batsmen have half decent averages on those flat tracks? There are nothing like flat tracks. There are different kinds of tracks for pace and for spin. If you guys call spin tracks as flat, we have to call one dimensional bounce and pace tracks as the flattest of the flat tracks as a result of their predictability. It applies both ways.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Well well, lost to Windies in the most horrible manner and then beat up minnows Bangladesh real bad twice on their path to No.1. Well done England. Please achieve in India and in the sub-continent half of what India achieved in SA, Australia and England. Let's see what you can do on the challenging spin friendly tracks.

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster; having a bit of an identity crisis are we? On another forum you are calling yourself "neutral"! Please, it's been obvious that you are indian right from the start. "England have done nothing extraordinary" - this in itself is an extraordinary claim. India have NEVER beaten Aus in Aus EVER! "They will definitely struggle in India… and they will be hammered on the subcontinent". I'd like to hear what India are going to beat England with? How exactly are India going to take 20 wickets against England in India? They can't bowl England out even in bowler friendly conditions. England will bat India out of every game on the flat roads they call pitches out there, and India haven't even got one spin bowler! England batsmen are far superior to Indian batsmen; 710/7d, I mean, please! Only Dravid has shown any real class. @sachingod; no - the real test was beating England in England, and India have failed. Saying "England will lose like they always do" is just a silly excuse.

  • on August 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    I would say that all team has their good time and bad time. it is like marry go round.to remain at no 1 position is consistency and good teamwork require .But at present our team is lacking of team work.................................................After some wins we always think that our team will always do good work,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,But it is not always the same.IPL is the bad thing created by BCCI money making engine for players and for BCCIThat will crush our cricketer

  • devalyagnik2003 on August 14, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    @usmani_ you must be jocking by saying this!! actually read the column properly England won almost all the series playing home!! India reached to no 1 spot after defeating England, WI, NZ, at their den!! not playing at home, India beat England on last tour, beat NZ and WI as well, in SA during last 3 tours India's record is 3-2 which is way better then what you are talking about, in Aus India have consistently gave good fight, don't forget the last tour where India apart from that Sydney mess was a better team, India never lost a series before this under Dhoni and even played better under Ganguly compare to previous decades... So don't say they were at no 1 just because of playing at home, and yes India was runner up in WC while playing in SA as well, I am agreed to the fact that England played better then India, way better in THIS series and they deserve to be No 1 at this time!! but that doesn't mean that India never deserved the place where they stayed for more then a year and half

  • Lorien.forest on August 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - I am old enough to remember the series of 1984-85 when English batsman scored two double centuries in Chennai - Gatting and Fowler,(Admittedly English Batsmen haven't done so well since then.) and I guess my question to you is - if India's bowling attack is going to get hit for 700 runs on an Edgbaston featherbed, does India actually have an attack that will stop that happening on your flat Indian wickets?? Similarly, I think you are underestimating the ability of the England attack to adapt to non-English conditions. Tim Bresnan, for instance, is not a horses for courses swing bowler. And look at how they bowled out a superb Indian batting line up on the same wicket that Cook had scored 294 runs on. England may well lose in India - seen too many series go India's way not to be surprised if that was the case, but at this moment I am not sure how you can be quite so confident. You need better performing players as well as the right conditions!

  • on August 14, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Where is Wasim Jaffer? He could have provided the support India needs dsperately.

  • Alexk400 on August 14, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Srilanka played better than India against england. They should be top of indian team in Ranking. Ranking system flawed.

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I remember how badly England faired when they toured India in 1993. They couldn't cope with the spin. Now India come to england on pace and swing friendly tracks and they can't cope with it. A rate of number one doesn't mean anything imo. All it means is that England have played on wickets that suited them and had a lot of luck when the beat a understrength Aussie team earlier this year. it doesn't prove anything. In my view the best team currently is South Africa because they perform consistently well on all wickets. And for the record i want to reiterate that I said before the England India series that Swann would be a failure and guess what i was proved right again. his playing days will be over soon as he was a fluke much like how paneser was. remember how much of a big thing they made about him? where is he now. Same will happen to swann. I understand the game better than most commentators.Been watching it for 25 years now!!

  • YorkshirePudding on August 14, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I've read a lot fo comments from both sides, as an England fan I'm happy that we've attained the number 1 slot, however, I recognise that we are only one series away from losing that if we play badly. I fully expect england to lose the top slot in the future, and more importantly I dont mind. I dont watch my team because its number 1, I watch them play because I love cricket. The next 12 months will be thelitmus test for this england side as they have some tough series coming up, anyone that doesnt think so needs to have thier head examined.

  • lefty84 on August 14, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    @usmani - your comparison to world cup is irrelevant as the discussion is about test matches and not odi's. Even then calling India as winners because they played at home is big joke as applying the same assumption would mean Eng should have been 4 time world champs by now. Not to mention no other host country has won world cup in their backyard. SL can be called closest since they won on similar conditions in 96.

    Home conditions not only brings favor but also pressure and no matter what conditions u play, you have got to go out and perform to win.

  • on August 14, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Congrats England.They looks to be the best at the moment and have good bench strength too.We were totally outplayed by them.We Indians were accidental no 1.:).We remained at No.1 due to the muscle powers of BCCI.If you recollect ..the SA home and away series were never part of ICC FTP.They were hurriedly arranged to prolong our stay at the top.So both were happy with 1-1 draw in both the series ;)

  • lefty84 on August 14, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @landl47 - we agree that the big3 might not be playing still when Eng tours Ind next year. And This Eng lineup has the potential to win or prove critics wrong in sub continent. That is accepted too but only time will tell. But to draw conclusions that ind will not have the players to challenge Eng is unwarranted. Did Eng have the same belief when they were thrashed 5-0 by Aussies?

    To your question on who would stand guard for India - aswin, abdulla, rahul sharma are promising spinners and bhajji might get back his form by that time. Varun Aaron, Ishanth, mithun, yadav are some quicks who can share mantle with Zaheer, praveen.

    Rohit sharma, pujara, Manoj tiwary, rahane, badri are some promising young batsmen apart from kohli, raina who can step in as batters. We have the talent to defend ground at our home. Let's wait and watch and not jump into conclusions.

  • usmani_ on August 14, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    This indian became no.1 by playing on their home grounds,now they are playing outside india so they are struggling,and also indian team have become world champions in their home country,for instance if the world cup was held in Australia,they should never been world champions.

  • sohaibahmad on August 14, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    what about a series with Pakistan? To get back to form and to decide the wooden spooners.... on current form both are equally bad in batting/bowling/fielding...only advantage Pakistan has is that they dont play IPL/CL20...Zimbabwe look better than both....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats to England. The flat, pace friendly tracks of England worked in their favour. Let's see how they perform on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 14, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    The English are the best at cricket in the world!!! How beautiful that sounds and long may it continue!!!!

  • Yayakhan on August 14, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    English team is much stronger and better in each department than Indian team..and this equation doesnot seems to be reversed in near future. With Sachin, Dravid and Sehwag feeling the age upon them, India is left with no similar replacement, and offcourse it is impossible to replace Sachin. The bolowing is not better than a county side or else any university side. So...there is absaloutly no chance that India will return the favors to Englained in the near future!

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    it would have been great if they won the same way in India. With home advantage any team can win. Not surprised.

  • adis26 on August 14, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    I for one was a STRONG Indian supported before this Ind Eng series and seriously believed that India is the best team. However, things are completely different now and there is no doubt this is a serious slap in the face and reality check for Indian team and us as fans. We obviously still stand by and believe in our team 100% and will stand by thru thick and thin. England DESERVES this number 1 spot and need to be congratulated. This is exactly how one should get to the top spot. However, I strongly believe that we Indians have a super strong team and based on our performance of the last 3 years, I have to keep faith and believe that most of our players struck bad form at the same time, underestimated English and were under-prepared. This slap in the face might just be what we need. Congratulations England, they played with class. For our Indian team, we as fan hope, pray and have full faith that our team will make a strong come-back.

  • PuddingnPie on August 14, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    As a cricket fan, the arrogant attitude of the indian fans is much in line with the BCCI's so to the neutral its a no brainer, makes forums like this a slugfest instead of appreciating the real cricket. Coming to England yes they are true numbers 1's at the this point just as India was a year back. Which team is all round better ofcos its England, if India went to the australia the last summer instead of England , its obvious they wouldnt have won the 5 match series in aussie , weak aussie team or not. and the world cup if the same final was held in Colombo instead of Mumbai , who do u think the winner would have been...

  • shovwar on August 14, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I dont believe in the rankings....India is simply the best One Day side but they are not no. 1 in rankings (???_)..And England were always a better side than India in Test... but India were no.1 ....I still think SA is the Best Test side in the world for the last 3 years, then England and India.

  • on August 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    I beg the selectors to give the much-maligned and ignored Irfan Pathan a chance now-he is a big match player and his swing bowling would've been ideal in English conditions.Forget his Ranji Trophy records and study his Test match exploits-he even has a top class Test century and so many 50+scores. Irfan certainly needs some sympathetic handling now

  • SnowSnake on August 14, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    @Tondy Prime: Well, get used to this. This is what Indian fans had to put up with. Now, it is England fans turn. It does not matter which team becomes #1, they will be ridiculed until the ranking goes away. It is part of mind games that England will have to face.

  • on August 14, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Congratulations to England for getting to #1. India's cricket team has much to be proud of, including being #1 in tests and ODI world champs at the same time - and so do the fans, including the fair weather I-am-ashamed-of-this-team ones. Inevitably, of course, over-the-top assessments which ignore India's wins at Perth, in South Africa, four years back in England, and in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, will follow. The challenge for Indian cricket is to get back to being the team which achieved all that. As for the gleeful dismissal of Indian cricket, well, more success would be the best response. All the best to Team India.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 14, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    england are looking very good side at the moment .but if anybody look at the stats table which has given above . they only beat wi & a weak australia outside there home & they drew series in sa ( although it was tough luck for sa or the series could be 3-1 win for sa ) and then they beat bangladesh , pakistan , srilanka, india in england & cricketers like botham , vaughan are comparing eng with wi & aus . this is rubbish . i think stauss 's honeymoon time is over as they now have to move on to other places. with the tours of sa , sl it will be tough to retain them the no .1 ranking . i can see sa will become the no.1 after touring england . forgot to mention india also have a chance as they will play there most of the matches in the subcontinent . so it is preety early to called england a great side .

  • Idea-Man on August 14, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    We all should appreciate Englands achievement and congratulate them upon their success. Englands present players consistent high performance form has enabled them to reach the No.1 status, which unlike India, England played much tougher oppositions and have thus reached the summit. I am an Indian, and support only the Indian team, but I also like tough competition and success that comes from beating tough oppositions. We Indians, never tend to look at the flaws in our players and their techniques etc. because they have been fairly successfull in the last few years, but I was sure the wheels would come off the cart and then the slide downhill will be hard to curb. Indian think tank (BCCI) have been blinded by the success (on field and off field) and they just stuck to the winning formula, they have not done anything with regards to the next baton carriers of Indian cricket or even if they have invested in certain players than sorry to say those selected players have been bad choices

  • on August 14, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    there is only 1 reason behind India Failure and the reason is "IPL", e.g You pay million dollars to the test player like Laxman, Dravid and Sachin for hitting boundary every ball then you expect temprament in Test?? the reason behind English Strong Batting is Cook, Strauss, and many others not playing t20 bcoz thay r geniune Test player and same for Aussies toooo.... like clark, ponting ETC.... ban IPL for test players then ind will be on winning track...

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    serioulsy wats wrong wf indian fans on ths post...cant face the fact that england are the best in the world rite now and no one cant beat them at tests at the moment

  • on August 14, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    @Viraj Weerawardena I think the only fair response to that is, time will tell. The great Aussie and WI sides did not become dominant overnight, it took years. The question should not be "are this England side as good as those sides at their peak", but "do they have the potential to become that good in the next 5 years". I think they do, as its a young and improving squad, but its not certain at all and they'll have to play very well.

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Hmm, cats can keep killing mice who stray near their homes and claim to be lions. Both these teams love to play and win in their home grounds. Im really disgusted by this ranking system. I think a team has to prove first that it can win in any situation, at any ground, just like Australia did a few years back, before it can be given the mantle of No 1 spot..

  • landl47 on August 14, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Dravid 39, Tendulkar 39, Laxman 38, Sehwag 34, Zaheer 34. No, those aren't the scores of the Indian players, they are the ages those players will be when England tour India in Autumn 2012. On the current tour this Indian side was slow in the field, dropped catches and couldn't adjust to the moving ball. Face it, Indian fans- the players I've listed above aren't going to get any better by 2012, are they? And who else has India got that will challenge this England side? All we've heard since India have been over here is how those players I've listed will crush England. Nobody said Raina or Mukhund or Kohli will beat England. Only Kumar (other than Zaheer) averaged under 50 per wicket in what Indian fans say are favorable bowling conditions. They are only favorable when England are bowling, it seems! We keep hearing that India will beat England at home, but who is going to do it? It's the same wishful thinking which said India would win this series. They didn't, and they won't in India.

  • ashvenky on August 14, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    While it feels bad 2 c Indian Cricket Team losing No1. ranking(Got there thx to VVS and Dravid) it is amazing to hear following comments from some esteemed presenters:

    Ravi Shastri: Today Saturday is the Fancy dress competition day. He said this on Friday! Harsh Bhogle: Live cricket after the break- Day3 Draid n Gambhir. Says this on 4th day of test. Even Havaskar had a similar slip of tongue.............

    Moral: IPL doesn't downgrade just players. Commentators and all of us?

  • Hindh on August 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    It is good India are not No 1 . they will play matches without the pressure from now on. Indian team has been there and done that regarding the wins . They have won almost everything in last 4 years and now india can rebuild. As for Eng they won one away series vs Weakened AUS and have claimed NO 1 ranking just by winning in Home soil, That is where rankings are misleading.

  • on August 14, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Well played England! Congratulations! What a fabulous team. How we wish we could sign on some of your bowlers. When I saw you guys roll over the Aussies during summer down under, I felt that you were at the beginning of something special. One of the best bowling lineups in recent times. Give us that Tremlett guy! (Broad will do too) BCCI can pay him more than ECB can :p

  • Happy_AusBang on August 14, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Although happy to accept it, I was never fully convinced about India's number 1 status. I still have doubts whether India is even No 1 in the subcontinent. Only a couple of series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan could firmly establish that.

  • lefty84 on August 14, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    To all English fans - England deserves the no 1 spot they got today. Everyone accepts that. And they have outplayed/decimated/thrashed India in this series. No qns there either. Rejoice the moment.

    The Eng has also got a very good unit that can challenge teams in subcontinent - Accepted but not proved yet. Lets leave it at that now.

    Avoid degrading India's performance to call Eng's supremacy.

    @ Stuart Brooking - England's route to top is charted out in the article in top. You'll do well to check it once.

    They have lost away tours in India, WI and only drew in SA (1-1). Only away victory has been in b'desh and Aus.

    You're claim that they won everywhere is a joke.

    All other victories claimed above in that list are in your own backyard (Against, Aus, Ind, SL, Pak, B'desh, WI). You even lost to SA at home in this period. Chk it out.

    If ranking system is anomaly, Eng too did not deserve to move to No 1 spot for your team has played more at home than Ind in same period.

  • jonathan5621 on August 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    @Stuart Brooking: how long its been since england won in INDIA.......stop saying that they have won everywhere from 2008.They have won home and away against aussies which is gr8 other than that nothing......now lets see how long they can maintain this spot thats the challenge

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 14, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Overrated & Overconfident IND (who is only strong at home) is LOSING continuously. Very Very POOR IND batting STARS should take the RESPONSIBILITY. IND fans who were DREAMING after the wc final, now MUST have been WAKEN up. See..This is the Real situation of IND team. VERY VERY WEAK out of Subcontinent. Just like a SCHOOL team. All the VERY VERY best to ENG..They will definitely finish the series as 4-0.

  • South_Indian on August 14, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    ENGLAND, ENGLAND, ENGLAND, its ENGLAND all the way !! Lets celebrate England's victory :) ENG are deserving # 1 TEST TEAM and not over-rated like Ind, for whom the party is all over with the world cup :) IPL anyone? hahaha.

  • on August 14, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    India's lacklustre bowling attack has finally been found out in this series, the bowling as a whole just isnt good enough. Praveen has been great but has had zero support from anyone else. Indian batting has also failed in all 6 innings so far in the series. You can't blame the old guard, they were bound to fail eventually, you cant blame gambhir because he has fought hard in all his innings, The blame can go to firstly The other opener, Mukund and sehwag, also to suresh raina. Mukand had 5 games to learn and adjust, plenty of time, he failed to build on starts, a bigger blame can go to sehwag, who shouldnt have played this test as he wasn't mentally fit to play, he has had no cricket lately, a poor preparation and hasnt played any longer format cricket. Further blame goes to raina, he has had all the chances in the world and NEVER shown consistency or improvement. He cant play short ball, can't leave the ball, he fends at balls outside off and doesnt convert his starts into big scores

  • Drew2 on August 14, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    EverybodylovesSachin, didn't realise that you had a crystal ball! You may be right though. When you are so comprehensibly no 1, I suppose the only way is down....eventually. Don't bet on it happenning too quickly though. England's bowling attack is so much more balanced for all conditions, than Indias. If they are challanged for top spot, it will more likely come from South Africa.

  • Drew2 on August 14, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Viraj Weerawardena, you make a fair point. England are clearly no 1 now, but they will need to do this for 10 years atleast to be up there with the famous Australian and West Indian side. It could happen though. Time will tell.

  • shaileshacharya123 on August 14, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    ENgland deserve the NO-1,well played Englishmen

  • on August 14, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Under Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor, Australia decimated opponents at home and away. So did the West Indies under Clive Lloyd. While England have quite an awesome team at the moment (Congratulations to them) would they be able to match those great Australian and WI teams? Hmmm

  • Chris_P on August 13, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    As an Aussie, there can be no dispute to England fully deserving of their status, especially the fact they did it to the reigning #1 team to take top spot. That is how it should be done. As for India coming back to #1. A few have pointed out the obvious. Too many points to defend, aging superstars set to retire and an absolutely abysmal bowling attack that would flat out blowing out candles instead of bowling sides out. Plus the T20 mindset in batting techniques of the young players will make for very sad reading for India's test future.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 13, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    ONly way for England is to go DOWNHILL..Will Happen.....Please do not mention Pakistan here this is between India and England...

  • aracer on August 13, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    More rankings stats. I've put together my own rankings predictor spreadsheet which does something the official one doesn't - takes account of series no longer counting for rankings due to being more than 3 years old. Using this, it becomes apparent that if England go on to win the series 4-0, then in the March 2012 rankings when all of the losing series drop off, England will achieve a ranking of 138 - only ever bettered by Australia between July 07 and June 08, and never even approached by any other team! At the moment it's very manual, I'll have a go at putting together a better automated predictor using web scraped data to give numbers for all teams (though I'm also missing a couple of little tweaks I don't have info for which make my results a tiny bit different to the official ICC version)...

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    @ Stuart Brooking, I completely agree. Much of India success come in Home conditions.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 13, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    @Mohammad Omar Butt : And you are still at the bottom of every single ranking system there is.....

  • demon_bowler on August 13, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Will India fight harder to keep no.2 place than they fought to keep no.1 place?

  • SanjivAwesome on August 13, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Well done England! As an Indian supporter, I feel it is good for the no.1 spot to move around. If one country cannot hold on to the no.1 spot for too long, it will make for better test cricket.

  • krici_lover on August 13, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    England has been able defeat Indian team in any test series first time - home or away after 1996. I guess it has been 15 years long wait for all Englsih fans which otherwise were just living a dream of defeating India. I can understand their psyche, once this moment has arrived - loosing senses is normal.

  • gushrangers on August 13, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    After becoming #1 in dec 2008, India drew 1-1 against SA in both home and away series, whitewashed Aus 2-0 in home series (first team in decades to do that); defeated1-0 against NZ in 2009 in away series while 1-0 in home series last year; 1-0 against WI in carribean lately. What is it that Indians had to do to validate their #1 position. Add to that Asia Cup 2010 and the biggest of them all - WC 2011. Of course they were not fluke. And Indians haven't played test series against Bangladesh in last 2 years. Recent series against incompetent WI was played after a gap of 5 yrs. No doubt England deserve to be the No. 1 side in the world now. But their ascent has been much lesser convincing than India's. Bundled out to WI for 50 odd runs 2 years ago, the only credentials Eng have are few home series wins and the two ashes victories in last 2 years (Ind have also beated Aus in both of their last two series in addition to all the other accomplishments).

  • gushrangers on August 13, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    What I simply do not understand is why people can't fathom that though this Indian team was not as good as 80s Windies or Oz of 2000s, that didn't mean that they didn't deserve to be #1. If not India, then who should have been #1 in last 18 months. Surely not Aussies. Indians definitely deserved #1, though only marginally. Road to #1 spot speaks for itself: beated England 1-0 in 2007 in away series; defeated Pak 1-0 in home series in 2008; lost 1-2 to a very strong Australian team in Aus in 2007 (anyone who followed this series closely knows the high quality cricket Ind played on this tour); lost 1-2 to SL in away series in 2008; drubbed Pak 1-0 & Aus 2-0 in 2008 in home season; decimated SL 2-0 in home season in late 2008 that marked India reaching #1 spot. Aus resumed their winning ways after losing in 2005 ashes and obliterated Eng 5-0 in 2006-07. It was India's tour of Aus in 2007 that marked a turnaround. Indians were plainly robbed by Bucknor of possible series win on that tour

  • krici_lover on August 13, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @Stuart, thanks for providing statistics for India. Please can you tell how many series have England won except Ashes/Bangaldesh outside england and most important question - how many test matches have you won in sub-continent where conditions were totally different from what you get in England. For your records, India has also not lost any test series since Aug 2008. But still again same double standards, rise of England to No 1 is correct and rise of India - an anomaly. If it was an anomaly how could India remain there for 2 years.

  • on August 13, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Is this England team the best in the world at the moment? Yes. But the real joy is the feeling that this might not be a fluke of the ranking system. I expect them to beat Pakistan next mainly thanks to the Pakistan board and the random nature of their team and then the series in Sri Lanka will be very interesting. Can they win there? If so I think the questions go away. The reason I am so confident is this: Tremlett, Onions, Finn, Panesar. Frankly that's a better attack then some England have fielded in the last 10 years The reason I oander a wee bit: Bopara? Is he really next?

  • Rahulbose on August 13, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    One interesting aspect is that the ICC test ranking has become very prominent now. Top teams are planning for it and making it a stated goal. The media is happy to sell it as well. Another thing to note is that while Eng are obviously the top team now, India don't deserve 2nd spot ahead of SA.

  • parvezhre on August 13, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    First of all congratulations to England for climbing to no 1 test ranked nation. However I wld like 2 point out like India, England have also done the same, winning mostly on home soil. Like some ardent Indian lovers I 2 am proud of this Indian team under the leadership of Mahi. A little disappointed with some team inclusions - Praveen Kumar, Mukund, omissions like Pathan brothers, R.P Singh.This was not their series, nothing clicked for them& a result defeats after defeats. Im confident within a few more series we will bounce back & reclaim what belongs to us. By the way watch for the final test ..... Dhoni were with yu, just concentrate & show the pommies in the final test & teach them a good lesson on their home soil.I wonder why England, Australia NZ, SA complain when they go 2 sub continent. Do they not prepare pitches to suit their bowlers, so what is wrong if India, SL, Bangladesh do the same. If u r competetive enough u shld do well everywhere. Again Congrats to England.

  • Naveed85 on August 13, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Dhoni's honeymoon period is over.. 1st series loss

  • aracer on August 13, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    More "interesting" ranking stats - England have won 3 series against the incumbent #1 team - India and SA 1 each. England have won 8 tests against the incumbent #1, SA and India 5 each, SL1. England have 2 series wins against the #1 in their last 3 year's ranking stats.

  • WTEH on August 13, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    England deserve #1, agreed. But India placed at #2, come on you have to be joking. Surely there are 4-5 teams better than this Indian team. Need to reevaluate the ranking system!!! What will happen if India lose 5-0?

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Really the English team showed that how number 1 teams perform. And for india, Pakistan with all those youngsters and inexperience in the side perform much better than what your team performed with so much experience. Its time india should realize that u can't win test matches with strong batting. You should prepare a bowling attack. Allhamdulillah Pakistan after all those controversies and retirement loosing our best three bowlers Asif, Amir and Akhtar have still got better Seam attack than what indians have right now. Imagine a attack lead by Praveen Kumar..:P:P

  • Desihungama on August 13, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Any person bowling at International level who does not know how to exploit English conditions with tailor made pitches for pace does not deserve to play Cricket at all. The way Pakistan pace bowlers made Cook and Strauss danced (And who can forget the Bhangra Ponting did) will be remembered for ages. India should seriously put their foot down and look for quality pace bowlers with bowling acumen. I am afraid once the Greats (Sachin,Dravid,Laxman) retire they are looking at a downhill.

  • Patrick_ on August 13, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    While England have done well in this series to rank no 1, it remains to be seen how long they can hold to it. If we look back England could win only one away series (in Australia) apart from Bangladesh. So mostly it has been due to the home advantage. You cannot remain No 1 unless you win (or at least draw) away series. So the real test for England comes in the next few away series including the sub continent tours.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Very many congrats to the England team and its supporters. The team really deserves it, especially with the cricket played in a year or so.

  • Stone-Aamir on August 13, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    England is on its way to the top and India is on decline. England is a side consist of young to mid career players with good allround strength. Based on the current form England batting is stronger than Indian, their fast bowling is the best in the world and Swann is a better spinner than Harbhajan. Its time for India to hand over the baton to the true No. 1 team.

  • xylo on August 13, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    wow... not so long ago, australia seemed to be perched on top forever... this is good for the game. Congrats England! India's playing XI was ranked No.1 when compared to the England and South Africa teams.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @allblue, salient, coherent & correct points. the list of youngsters in county cricket (probably the strongest 1st class competition in the world right now, just ask justin langer if you doubt that) is astonishing. the future for england is enormously bright, and as long as our stars can resist the lure of the IPL buck, i dont see this side slipping for a good few years yet

  • aracer on August 13, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Those suggesting India will regain top spot should check out which results will drop out of England's rankings in the next few months - by the time they next play a test there won't be a single series loss in the list (the only draw being away to SA). Meanwhile series wins against England and Australia (at the time the #1 team, so lots of points for that) will be dropping out of India's list. I have to wonder whether England would have made #1 spot in the fullness of time even with a 1 test margin series win!

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    in fact, if you look at the 3 year cycle that determines the rankings, india have played 24 tests in the sub continent, and only 12 (13 after the oval) in 'away' conditions. of those 12 tests away from home conditions, they have won 3 tests. statistics proving that indias rise to the top was a complete anomaly. far from the shout that england can only win in home conditions, everywhere (with the possible exception of NZ) is foreign conditions to england, and yet they have not lost a series home or away in 2.5 years. england face much more challenging circumstances every time they tour, and have scaled the mountain of #1. not only that, in their history, they have won everywhere, unlike india, who are still to win in SA or OZ. England have earnt this and will legitimise test cricket as they have done it through performances everywhere, not just squatting in the position since australia's demise

  • 6forus on August 13, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    I love this indian team and i happy with this team.. not at all disappointed with this massive loss... we will be back in form n will take revenge. we continously repeated same mistakes by pokin outside delivery. our bowlers bowled superbly.. unfortunately that wasn't their day.. praveen, sreesanth and sharma gave their best.. our batting was out of focus, except the gr8 wall.. one more test to go .. im sure we wil bounce back n win with huge margin... n stick to 2nd spot..

  • synergy on August 13, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Congrats England....Strauss & Company fully deserved being # 1, a strong team which play like a team. Good combination, excellent batting line up,strong bowling backed by a sound Captain....they have all this and play like a determined lot. during that last 18 months they have beaten almost every test playing team and the # 1 crown is a just reward for their magnifecient performance during the last two years. The current series against India is like cake walk and it reminds me of their campaign against Pakistan during last summer........England just are too much for the Indians to handle. As for India, I think their batsmen lack the technique to handle swing bowling added to their week bowling. If you tour England with such short comings then you are bound to be doomed, that is exactly what happened to India.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    As an Indian we should not underestimate our team and should support the team , it is the team which won world cup and test series level in australia. Now the time may be against our team but we should not be . Soon our team will rise as Volcano under the mountain. The only thing our team should follow is to avoid long schedule in IPL ,the so called talent producing series. Support India and love India whatever game or sport it is. Jai Hind.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Eng are definitely a TEAM. They don't have any all time greats,( maybe KP and Bell have potential to become greats) but they are a complete and tight unit. I think they will be surprisingly good in the subcontinent as well. Ind to me were too content with their performances in SA. They should have realised that a draw is not a win and SA didn't a) bat deep enough to recover from early losses and b) lacked a 3rd and 4th bowler at least as good as Bresnan who could be seen as Eng's weakest link (scary isn't it?)

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    i think atherton was more than overwelmed when he directly asked as older players are cause of concern , well the oldest player of team rahul is our highest run getter of our team ...even sachin looked in good touch but sometimes you also need luck and motions with you other than form which is not with sachin in this series hopefully he will get it right in last test.....look like atherton has first time tested a real success!!

  • AltafPatel on August 13, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    England crushed the former world No.1 the way even Bangladesh/West Indies would have not defeated. BCCI should think over IPL and must be organized once in 2 years with only 1 round robin (2 currently). Test matches defines your class not IPL and current series has shown that. England deserve the No.1 spot as they are playing solid in recent past including beating with huge margin of 3-1 even on their own soil. Superb done England. We haven't words to wish...Fantastic all-round, team performance.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    i see lots of comments from the one eyed indian fans saying that until england win in the sub continent they wont be regarded as a real #1. ironic, coming from a team that has NEVER won in SA or Oz. While englands true tests are coming up (SL away, SA at Home, India away), you can only beat what is in front of you. and since the KP/Moores disaster of WI in 09, england have won every series, except drawing in SA. but its not that they have won. they have demolished sides. the aussies were beaten by an innings in 3 tests, AWAY, india have been ground into the dirt. were the indian teams doing that to good sides? No. hence england take their rightful place at the top of the tree. and with their ageing superstars coming to the end of their careers, the future looks very bleak for india. whereas since 99, england have invested in their systems and youth, and have a whole host (i could name 15 players 23 or under) that will challenging the current players for their spots in a year or 2.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    @Andrew.. There is too much talk about IPL might be the English and Aussies are yet to digest the success of Indian Management of IPL.. There has been never been an appreciation from these countries on how well this event has been managed and they are still shocked that how an Indian Board can surpass their thinking .. Cricketing world is still divided and unable to accept Indian financial might.. Comeon man stop playing divide and rule.. we have seen enough of it already..

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    bcci and we indians treat our cricketers as item girls just to entertain us. when our wants gets satiated and then expect our players to win the true cricket in form of test match, then how far it is realistic. allow the good old days of cricket to return where we saw vengserkar scoring three consecutive centuries in england. for god sake ban ipl as it has done great damage to the game of cricket. i hate to see film stars owing cricket teams. let the players and we also enjoy the good cricket. if we are cricket loving nation then this defeat should be eye opener. god forbid ur cricket should not go down as oor hoockey.

  • Guru1234 on August 13, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    In the days of competitive cricket.. India has done a commanding job of staying Upright for 2 years(lets see if this English team can near that), I am proud off that, for everyone whining out there and everyone who boast of coming off a age... I shall be waiting for Eng Tour of India.. For various reasons we did not have the best team at one place at a given point of time..All be it, giving the circumstances, brits played well.. This is not the end, we shall give the same feeling what we are gng thr' now, (feel of losing No1 position) come their tour of India.. -- DIE HARD... TRUE INDIAN FAN

  • ACHILLES_FZX on August 13, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Disappointed with our teams performance ,never expected them to lose without giving any fight ,as the series progressed our performance deteriorated further which is even more disappointing. PS- We need to find good bowlers without them no team can be NO1 for substantial amount of time like AUS and WI who both had great attacks India were first depending on Kumble and now Zak.Also groom the young batsmen for test cricket we havent found a replacement for ganguly god knows what will happen wen sachin darvid and laxman retire

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    England.. Well Deserved No. 1 Spot..! U definitely out played World champions. 3:0 in a test series; its really a remarkable achievement... cant stop praising English Team.. Indian team couldn't do anything better in England.. lets hope for the best for the next test..!!

  • Punter-Fan on August 13, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Well done England...deserve the No 1.this is the moment i been waiting for when the England team will rule the test cricket .wish best of luck in future...

  • shrastogi on August 13, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    England are lucky that most of their players are in form of their life. Admittedly their lower order batting is good which helps. Adding to my previuos comment on what ails Indian team - I think BCCI is giving undue imporatnce to IPL. How can players like Pathan Bros, Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary get more money than Sehwag or Tendulkar if one understands the money being paid to Gambhir. The T-20 world cup was won without IPL and since then India hasnt even reached SF. If test cricket is the ultimate test then the payments for test cricket should be higher and the money can come from IPL. I think it would be an unpopular move but fringe players shouldnt get paid more than test players. Also if test plaerys are advised rest from IPL board should compensate them. BCCI had scheduled IPL before T-20 world cups and India fared miserably and now the same result in a test series. If WI batting hadnt been poor a setback could have been there as well. Moderate affect of IPL - learn BCCI.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Congratulations to team england for achieving the test cricket crown and for their 3 comprehensive straight victories against team india.I am sure india will save the pride of their nation by winning at the oval.They have to see this series as a wakeup call n feel that it gave a chance to strengthen their bowling department.I am sure india will reclaim the top spot within 6 months n will prove themselves how good they are. I Wish a bright future in international cricket for INDIA and also for ENGLAND in the days to come.LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET.

  • Valavan on August 13, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @Angry Indian Fans, Comon just dont expect this england team to loose to SA as easy as you think. Just know the fact we drew in SA against SA. We have immense batters, and winning in india, dont think we will plan well to face India in India. We just enjoy the moment, OK England fans, dont get overboard, we must win in Oval to just announce our arrival with a whitewash over no.1 India.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    congrats england......a new bubble has formed and we all know that despite that we keep on shouting!!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    This is truly a clinical performance by the Barmy Army, they really deserved this No. 1 spot. I foresee them to retain this position for some time now. Consolations to India, they have been battered badly in the series, but they are capable of fighting back, obviously not in this series, I hope they will go all out to win the last one to regain some self confidence or else it will be very difficult to absorb such humiliation and that too after being on such a high in all forms of cricket.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Sorry to be sour grapes, but an England team so heavily reliant on foreign born players looks more like a team of mercenaries than a true national team. I nation of sixty plus million should not need to depend on South Africans and Irishmen to get to the top. As for Indian, I don't understand how they even got there in the first place with this pathetic team. Hopefully the West Indies will return to the top along with South Africa, and push these two pretenders to the throne (England and India) out.

  • presy1979 on August 13, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Congrats to England Team. They really desereved to be No 1 Test Team as they outplayed India by huge margin ( 3-0). But dont underestimate INDIANS that they will soon become No 1 Team. Now India need some kind of rest mentally.Dont forget almost the same team won the World cup for us. If Sehwag gets going then no bowler in the world can stop India from Win. We can freely play the last test as we already lost the series and Top spot as well. Dont lose heart and show the world that whom we are ???

  • krici_lover on August 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    @mensan, Thanks for suggestion. I wonder if England did the same thing in 1990 - 2005 when they were getting beaten by all test playing nation in the world. Just one series win over India you guys have gone mad. Look at the past you have a long way to even the scores.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @bilal94...You are under estimating Pakistan..it's drop is due to its immense mismanagement...otherwise Pakistan has enough talent to make not only one but 3 International quality test teams...i hate when u use "sub standard"

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Am delighted that England have won however I was looking forward to a really hard fought series with some very tough cricket being played by both sides. India appeared resigned to losing the series from the moment Zaheer was injured. Maybe the BCCI need to look at the structure of their domestic cricket and somehow play down the importance of the IPL to the players.

  • SmellyCat on August 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    England, at the current form, are certainly best team in the world. However, those people who were lambasting ICC Ranking No. 1 for India have now all of a sudden praising. Talk of Double Standards. And, by the way, England has, with the exception of Ashes, also mostly won at home and that too against Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies. So food for thought for the people who say India got to Ranking 1 because they played at home and beat low ranked teams.

    Regardless, England's true test would be in the sub-continent when they play SL and India in coming time. South Africa will surely give a tough fight and dont think England would be able to sustain the ranking for too long either.

  • SmellyCat on August 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    England, at the current form, are certainly best team in the world. However, those people who were lambasting ICC Ranking No. 1 for India have now all of a sudden praising. Talk of Double Standards. And, by the way, England has, with the exception of Ashes, also mostly won at home and that too against Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies. So food for thought for the people who say India got to Ranking 1 because they played at home and beat low ranked teams.

    Regardless, England's true test would be in the sub-continent when they play SL and India in coming time. South Africa will surely give a tough fight and dont think England would be able to sustain the ranking for too long either.

  • akhilesh0109 on August 13, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    difference in attitude speaks for itself: england: we want to become number 1 soon.. india: if we play well rankings will look after themselves..

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Srilanka is far better than Indians when comparing their last serious against with England .

  • Waseem.Bukhari on August 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Its a big shame for the so called world class batsman of india that they didn't play even 100 overs in any one of the six innings and failed to reach 300 every time. Even the weakest batting team (Pakistan) with the likes of Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal playing as main middle order batsmen, managed to score 309 and 296 and played more than 100 overs twice against the same England team in England despite all the conspiracies.

  • allblue on August 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    The start point to this happy day was the dreadful summer of 1999 when we were beaten at home by an ordinary NZ side and English cricket was in disarray from top to bottom. Duncan Fletcher and Nasser Hussain, with Lord MacLaurin at the ECB, slowly started to put things right. A really good team had emerged by 2003, which peaked with the 2005 Ashes triumph. Unfortunately, due to injuries and lack of focus that team broke up almost immediately, and it gradually drifted down to the Jamaican nadir in 2009. Since then the two Andy's have built not just a team, but a well-rounded squad of players who sit on top of the pile. One look at Andy Flower's Very Stern Face tells us the mistakes made four years ago will be avoided this time, and it looks like this team will only get better and better. What's more, at every county there are several promising young players as the whole structure of the game is finally working in a coherent fashion. Happy days for those of us that remember 1999.

  • Jatt799 on August 13, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Congrets england pakistan even better than india pak beat england atleast 1test its will white wash time for india

  • dissapointed on August 13, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    As an Australian is pains me to say but this English team is the trues No. 1 since the demise of the Aussies. India have been consistent but never reached dominating heights like the Australians, just held ground as the Aussies went to trash. Well done England, just keep this up for another decade and then we'll be even.

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Before England India test series begin indian fans and media predicted a clean indian victory.They were so arrogant about this victory and talked more about Sachin's 100 international century.English cricketers played brilliant cricket rather than talking. With DRS coming into play Indians will find it difficult to win even in India. We see the wining margin getting bigger and bigger with each test. I guess 4-0 will be the most likely result.

  • blondblackberry on August 13, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    i don't think this england side is stronger.it is their luck of getting there like musical chair.but how long wil it b is the question srilanka,southafrica can't keep it for 6 months for that india should b appreciated.in srilanka and india they r dead ducks that's sure.see how swan was smashed by praveen a lower order batsmen.

  • aarpee2 on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Well done England.Having said that one wonders why players with injuries and not match fit like Zaheer,Sehwag and Sreesanth were in the squad.Players like Mithun,Badri,Rohit,Pujara and Murali karthik do not get chances .Yuvraj and Raina were bound to fail.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    England will not retain that number one spot for too long. South Africa will beat when next they clash and India will gain revenge when England visit the sub continent for their return clash.

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    i am still proud of my indian team .....they have given us lot of proud moments in the past three years...one really bad series can not change that....many congratulation to england to reach to no.1 spot as they thoroughly deserve it the way they played....but the toughest bit is ahead of them i.e. to maintain it ....especially when they play in alien conditions....not helping their swing bowlers....no doubt that they are best in the world in swinging conditions...but do they have the patience to bowl relentlessly in non-helping conditions...india did able to defend their no.1 spot for sometime...but at sometime bubble has to burst and it did ...but in future surly we are gonna challenge england for that ultimate spot....

  • ryokesh on August 13, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Congratulations England :) U guys were the better of the 2 teams and u deserved to win this series...

    Now to the No-1 Ranking... I know few people often said India happened to hold on to No-1 by playing @ home... Honestly I believe Indians were tested in more varied conditions than England and performed better - Aus in Aus - drawn series, Sa in SA - drawn series, SL in SL drawn series, WI in WI (Better team than the one Eng met) - Drawn series and of course we won most of our matches @ Home...

    While England deserve to be No-1, Let us accept the fact that they played in more similar condition like @ England - SA/Aus. Their performance in WI/India were not this good.

    So, No-1 is to be @ ur best to win @ home and try to match opponents if not overcome them in an away series. And I think India did well and in fact better then England on this account. So, stop the press Indians do not deserve to be @ No-1 spot. They are having a bad series like any other team. Let us love the game.

  • chapathishot on August 13, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Look at the Road to No1 Two series win against Austrailia ,Bangladesh away from home and all others at home .So let us see how long they be No1.Now they will clearly know that the No 1 Spinner is useless against good players of spin.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Where all my Indians at?? Hehe.. world champs. Haaa

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    congratulation England team, but WE should remember this test series running in england, specially asian players con't play in cold weather but england use to be. they are very strong in won ground. the same like asian's. But England not truly No 1 team.

  • orooj on August 13, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    this english team needs green wickets to win.. people dont u remember the thrashing they got in d world cup at the hand of ireland and bangladesh..english batsmen are bunnies on spinning tracks..in d coming months sril lanka will show this to d whole world..

  • cric4lyf on August 13, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    India dont deserve to be number 1 becoz they rely on one player i.e Zaheer khan. England are true champs with specialist bowlers, batsmen & fielder. I hope England remains at top spot for years Tendulkar remains to do nothing when required by his team. Rahul the only true wall for india.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    i find this incredible!!! ppl had a hard time accepting india as no.1 in spite of never losing anything... and they think a side that was pathetic enough to lose to west indies is deserving of the no.1 tag....

    IMHO wht held true for india holds true for the england side as well.... i'll reserve my opinion about their status as the no.1 side till they can hold on to that spot longer than india did... almost 2 years....

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Congrats England and well played.Actual test will be when England play a decent side outside. Everyone knew India cant be no1 for long.Congrats Duncan fletcher for achieving his goal of taking England to no.1. I think BCCI should read this list and immediately arrange a home and away series against Bangladesh and a home series against Pakistan and WI.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    india surely wil be out of top 5 by this year

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Congrats ENGLAND, the question is not attaining rank 1, but maintaining it. Windies have done for a decade, so did Aussies, but Indians couldn't do. They hardly maintained for two years, what about England. I hope they try to, but Indian team is a resurgent team, which bounces back in an unpredictable way. The teams have lot of tests to go back, in specific India, they go to tour Australia in coming months and carry out their fight there, it is that place where it all has begun for them. If they continue this poor form, they may lose that super opportunity because wining a series away always gives more ratings and they have to cash on that, as Aussies are not as tough as they were a little while ago. So, they have a time of around 3 months from their tour now. And England also do not have test series in coming season and for this year they will be definitely number 1 team in tests, but there may be a change for next cricketing year as both will complete one series away from home.

  • vichan on August 13, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    So where does this England team rank against the other England teams who were 'World Number 1 in Test cricket'? Looking at just the last 100 years: (1) Better than CB Fry's team which won the world championship tournament in 1912, (2) More consistent than Douglas Jardine's 'Bodyline' team of the late 1920s and early 1930s, (4) More durable than Ray Illingworth's team of the late 1960s and early 1970s, (5) Obviously more worthy than Mike Brearley's team of the late 1970s, which only got to top spot due to Packer cricket. Which leaves one exception - (3) The fantastic Len Hutton- and Peter May-led teams of the 1950s...this England team will have to go a long way to match the length of time at the top, the individual achievements, and the excellent results (all around the world) of those legends...

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    England is playing well and truly like the no.1 team... they deserve to be there... throughout India's reign as no.1 team, they never gave the feeling of a dominant team... they just hung in there by managing to win a test here and there by some individual brilliant performances managing to draw series in SA and SL and winning at home against Aus, SL... but when confronted by this relentless England team, they came apart in a spectacular fashion... In a way I am happy England exposed the lack of depth in this Indian side... wonder what is going to happen when the big 3 retire

  • AidanFX on August 13, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    One really powerful unit vs a good but over rated team nonetheless. You'd think eventually Eng will become very strong at One day level too sooner rather than later. the 50 overs format is translatable from test cricket.

  • jerryman on August 13, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    england were the far more superior side. Next time they are touring better have an extra 5 players along , so that they cannot claim they didnt have enough time to acclimatise .. No excuses , just a poor display of cricket ..I think shewag should have not even played . was not fit enough ..will need to develop better skills to face short pitched deliveries .. says enough when Kumar is the 2nd highest scorer -both innings combined for india .. a pathetic display ... at least put up a fight...

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    I w'ld like to congratulate England team for their awesome performance .Dhoni squad should learn from england that actual cricket is test not T-20. You can't expect to win in england with school level team that doesn't know how to handle seamers in english conditions and Harbhajan type long time out of form bowler. Harbhajan should learn from something from Kumble. after spending a decade and more in cricket and being a main bowler for india you still looks like a club level bowler. Dhoni should learn from Ganguly , how to show aggression , and don't play for draw even you are chaging 180.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 13, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Comgrats englishmen u deserved it most as u had hunger and intent as far as indians go poor form,untimely injuries,tired and jaded bodies and to top it off nothing going for them and most importantly opposition being at their absolute best in home conditions take nothing absolutely nothing away from eng but indians have underperformed big time

  • sachingod on August 13, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    England's route to number 1 is not so different from India, they've beaten all major teams at home like india and have also beaten BAN (for all those who shouted from the roof tops saying India got to No 1 by beating minnows) but the defining moment for them was when they won in AUS something india haven't been able to achieve apart from that India have done exactly the same things infact India's record against SA is better, they didn't lose the series there and india have beaten a better AUS team and have not lost a test against AUS at home since 2004. But the real test for ENG will be when they come to india, if they win they are the best, i hope they don't come up with silly excuses if they lose like they always do.

  • doosra95 on August 13, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    India well well what can you say about the hype that came with them here so called no1 team with a pathetic bowling line up and so called " university of batting more like primary school batting. congratulation England in becoming no1 for time being.

    Hard times for Indian cricket Ahead there old bats man will go and then their youngsters are no good on bouncy track which they will face more frequently on tours in SA,Aussie,and England.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    guyz dont worry we will again come back to no 1 spot

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    I dont get why ppl say India had a good run on weaker teams ....if you say that England barring ashes have won ....2 against Bangladesh ....1 against Pakistan without strong players ...one against Sl with No murali and malinga and new management ...and now a very pathetic India ...

    I am happy for England they won ....and sad for India ....I agree they have not played like Champions or even a team now ...But you cant blame them for the rankings and say they were lucky ...With the same system in place Australia were no.1 It is not that India made the system to dethrone Australia.

    And With RSA going strong and Australia making swift progress. I dont see England Staying up there for long.

    India has major issues at the moment, which they need to sort or else they are going down massively. but we have reserves to get back up.

  • tjsimonsen on August 13, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Congratulations to England. They have played as the Number 1 Team, not just for this series, but for some time now (at least since the Pakistan series last summer). So, they thoroughly deserve the top spot. Now, however, come the hard task of consolidating and staying number 1. As the saying goes, the price you pay for being number one is that you constantly HAVE TO BE number one. England has the potential to not only stay on top, but also pull away from the pack for some years to come, now let's see how they manage. As has been pointed out elsewhere, they have the ability to make good teams (like this India and Australia last winter) look worse than they actually are.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    India should be ranked #7.

  • Unbiased_CricFan on August 13, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Remember what goes around comes around. India cricket team will go down in test cricket. I have been seen comments from India's supporters: they dont have Zaher, Sewag. A number team wouldn't depend on couple of players, and if they do they donot belong to number 1. Also they shouldn't complain about conditions. How many years Sachin ,Dravid, Laxman have been plaing for India team? why would they complain about condition. as i said number 1 team shouldn't complain about anything. Remember money doesn't control everything.

    I have never seen such one sode test matches. india were lucky they won the toss ifrst two matches; otherwsie those two test matches would have finished in 3 days. I would say when a team gets betaen by 200 runs or more , it is basically innigs defeat. Good luck to Both India and Eng team

  • Pritt32 on August 13, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    England deserves to be no 1 test team, due to a string of excellent results. I can see this formidable England team holding the spot for some time. The team is awesome and hard to beat. Indian team will continue to struggle in the test arena, unless drastic steps are taken. The toll of IPL, 20-20 and one day internationals are damaging Indian cricket. As a result, Indian players are losing their hunger to play big innings in test cricket. The team is ageing, as some players are expected to retire soon. There is a lot to think about, as team is going through a very bad patch.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    First of all I w'ld like congratulate to England team for their owsome performance .Dhoni squad should learn from england that actual cricket is test not TT.You can't expect for win in england with school level team and Harbhajan type long time out of form bowler. Harbhajan should learn something .He took wicket in different condition sacross the world. Dhoni should learn from Ganguly , how to show aggressiveness , and don't play for draw even you are chaging 180.

    Seelct test team for test match not 20-20 player.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    First of all congratulations to England for becoming world no.1. But just like India, England won most of their series from 2009 at home (except tht ashes in Australia). Just like India struggles on outside pitches, england struggles on sub continent pitches. So I seriously doubt they can maintain their number 1 rank for long.

  • ShyCric on August 13, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    India has lost a series after 2 years against a deserving England team. Dhoni's team is a world cup winning team. No doubt about the pottential and Captian cool. I am still proud of them. Now time to rebuild and come back stronger. Now let us see how these "Fast track-bouncy track champs" handle the "SPIN" of subcontinent teams to stay No 1. Wishing England good luck and congrats for the NO 1 tag.

  • VAS4 on August 13, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Well deserved victory for England. India with this kind of form wont even win against zimbabwe or even canada is going to be tough! May be a good thing too as selectors will think about what to do with the enactive 37+ players. Rather get some talented youngsters and build up future. Accept defeats when it is a team build up stage with youngsters in.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    I hope England tries to bring on James Taylor for the 4th test This England team is still quite young, considering Strauss 34 Cook 26 Trott 28 Pietersen 32 Bell 29 Morgan 25 Prior 28 Bresnan 25 Broad 25 Swann 32 Anderson 29. Hope years of domination

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    England deserve the number 1 ranking so much more than India and rightfully they are number 1 right now. India will be number 3 ranked after the 4th test but I don't see them staying in top 5 ranking for long, probably in less than a year they will be outside the top 5 when their big 3 along with Zaheer and maybe Sehwag are not in the team.

  • usmanHM on August 13, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    By the way, this team has been playing and winning at home. Only exception is the most series against Australia. They got this position from the depleted Indian side and the team that was ranked no 1 by the virtue of playing at home and winning!

  • VP90001 on August 13, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Congratulations to the England Team!!!

  • wnwn on August 13, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    The real test for England will come this winter against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in unfavourable conditions. If they win both those series convincingly i believe that they will dominate for years to come.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 13, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    An unbelievably YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED (some would say arguably the worst) Pakistan side there probably has ever been, managed to compete better against England than India did. In fact Pakistan were the best competitors from the sub-continent. And if the PCB hadn't been stupid and had included Mo Yousuf and Younis Khan in the team last year from the beginning, they may have pulled off a drawn series. They certainly had their chances in all the games.

  • on August 13, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    YES!! England did it......... Now DHONI's Overconfidence and Style will vanish

  • rustyryan on August 13, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Congrats India for being Number one for close to two years with not even a one injury-free World Class bowler. Whatever happens, we will be with Team India.

  • Patrick_ on August 13, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    While England have done well in this series to rank no 1, it remains to be seen how long they can hold to it. If we look back England could win only one away series (in Australia) apart from Bangladesh. So mostly it has been due to the home advantage. You cannot remain No 1 unless you win (or at least draw) away series. So the real test for England comes in the next few away series including the sub continent tours.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Congratulations to team england for their 3 straight victories against team india.I am sure india will save the pride of their nation by winning at the oval.They have to see this series as a wakeup call n gave a chance to strengthen their bowling department.I am sure india will reclaim the top spot within 6 months n will prove themselves how good they are.Wish a bright future for INDIA and also for ENGLAND in the days to come.LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 13, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I don't understand why English fans are so cock-a-hoop with this English team ? look at those results, with the exception of the Ashes series wins away and at home, England have done nothing extraordinary. In fact India's record was pretty similar to theirs before this series. As an Indian fan I am VERY HAPPY today because a huge monkey is off the back of the Indian team. Now they no longer have the burden of the no.1 tag. It's England's now and it will be up to them to fulfill people's expectations. It will be HARD for England from now on. I strongly believe England don't have the team to beat Asian teams away from home. They will definitely struggle in India in the heat and spinning conditions. Anderson, Broad, Bresnan are typical swing bowlers who rely heavily on cloudy conditions and they will be hammered on the subcontinent. Anyway congrats England, here is the toast to yet another No.1 team in 18 months !! looking forward to another team as no.1 in 18 months time.

  • mensan on August 13, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Great show by England for grinding India to dust in this so called marquee series. I think India will do well to insert more series against ZIM/BAN in the new FTP. Playing against bigger teams will only result in more humiliation.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 13, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Congrats Eng really deserved this one from hunger point of view take talent,skill,perseverance out of equation they had the intent to win No.1 spot as far as india goes next aus tour and sachin,dravid surely will hang their boots they looked tired,jaded,listless and had no desire to put up fight taking nothing out from eng but even opposition knows thats indians have underperformed nevertheless this aint the end of world i still feel dhoni's best captain and greatness is rising everytime we fall Congrats Eng really deserved this one from hunger point of view take talent,skill,perseverance out of equation they had the intent to win No.1 spot as far as india goes next aus tour and sachin,dravid surely will hang their boots they looked tired,jaded,listless and had no desire to put up fight taking nothing out from eng but even opposition knows thats indians have underperformed nevertheless this aint the end of world i still feel dhoni's best captain and greatness is rising everytime we fal

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH After long long time my team is No.1 and i m sooooooooo happy. 3-0 lead wwwoooooowwwww

  • shakkw on August 13, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Congratulations to England, you are worthy winners and deserve to be No.1 team. However, i'm worried about future of Indian test cricket. The amount of 20-20 and one day crickets is being played, Indians may end up down to 4-5 spot within 6-9months.

  • MartinC on August 13, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Congratulations to the England players and management. The task now is to maintain that status and be considered a great side not merely a good one.

    Thos group of players is young enough and good enough to do that.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    England deserve the number 1 ranking so much more than India and rightfully they are number 1 right now. India will be number 3 ranked after the 4th test but I don't see them staying in top 5 ranking for long, probably in less than a year they will be outside the top 5 when their big 3 along with Zaheer and maybe Sehwag are not in the team.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Congratulations ...ENGLAND !

  • Bilal94 on August 13, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Shame on India.Even the sub standard Pakistan was able win one test against the English boys.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Congratulation's to England team for sucess , they truly played as No. 1 team....!!!!!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    happyyyy that india has a miracle slip to no.2

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  • on August 13, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    happyyyy that india has a miracle slip to no.2

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Congratulation's to England team for sucess , they truly played as No. 1 team....!!!!!!

  • Bilal94 on August 13, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Shame on India.Even the sub standard Pakistan was able win one test against the English boys.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Congratulations ...ENGLAND !

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    England deserve the number 1 ranking so much more than India and rightfully they are number 1 right now. India will be number 3 ranked after the 4th test but I don't see them staying in top 5 ranking for long, probably in less than a year they will be outside the top 5 when their big 3 along with Zaheer and maybe Sehwag are not in the team.

  • MartinC on August 13, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Congratulations to the England players and management. The task now is to maintain that status and be considered a great side not merely a good one.

    Thos group of players is young enough and good enough to do that.

  • shakkw on August 13, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Congratulations to England, you are worthy winners and deserve to be No.1 team. However, i'm worried about future of Indian test cricket. The amount of 20-20 and one day crickets is being played, Indians may end up down to 4-5 spot within 6-9months.

  • on August 13, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    ALHAMDULILLAH After long long time my team is No.1 and i m sooooooooo happy. 3-0 lead wwwoooooowwwww

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 13, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Congrats Eng really deserved this one from hunger point of view take talent,skill,perseverance out of equation they had the intent to win No.1 spot as far as india goes next aus tour and sachin,dravid surely will hang their boots they looked tired,jaded,listless and had no desire to put up fight taking nothing out from eng but even opposition knows thats indians have underperformed nevertheless this aint the end of world i still feel dhoni's best captain and greatness is rising everytime we fall Congrats Eng really deserved this one from hunger point of view take talent,skill,perseverance out of equation they had the intent to win No.1 spot as far as india goes next aus tour and sachin,dravid surely will hang their boots they looked tired,jaded,listless and had no desire to put up fight taking nothing out from eng but even opposition knows thats indians have underperformed nevertheless this aint the end of world i still feel dhoni's best captain and greatness is rising everytime we fal

  • mensan on August 13, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Great show by England for grinding India to dust in this so called marquee series. I think India will do well to insert more series against ZIM/BAN in the new FTP. Playing against bigger teams will only result in more humiliation.