India are the present leaders of the World Test Championship, method forward of the chasing pack however their 0-2 defeat towards New Zealand in February-March.

“For me, India should be there (No. 1) because Australia… I have serious doubts on what front have you given Australia the No. 1 Test ranking? They have been absolutely pathetic away from home, especially in the sub-continent,” he mentioned.

According to him, India have been probably the most aggressive aspect in Test cricket over the previous few years. “Yes, absolutely, 100 per cent (India had been the most competitive side). If you have to see from the overall impact point of view, India have lost series away from home but won against Australia. Hands down, they have been the most competitive side. They won a Test in South Africa, won a Test match in England… not many countries have done that,” he mentioned.

The former left-handed batsman additionally took a dig on the World Test Championships factors system and mentioned: “No, I am not surprised (India slipping to No. 3). I don’t believe in points and ranking system. Probably the worst was there in the World Test Championship… that you win the same points when you win a Test match away from home. That’s ridiculous.”

Gambhir expressed happiness that each BCCI and Cricket Australia are making all efforts to conduct the Test sequence scheduled to play in November later this 12 months.

“Good on the BCCI. Fabulous. This is a very, very positive sign. They are probably looking at the bigger picture, it will change the mood of the country. Winning the series is a different thing, it’s very important but it will probably change the mood of both the countries as well. Not only India but probably for Australia,” mentioned Gambhir.

“When BCCI is there… they are probably the richest board they have got to be statesman as well. If India go to Australia, then I have a lot of respect for the BCCI,” he added.



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