Test Round-Up: Tendulkar delights as India sit on top of the world
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Monday 07 December 2009
Indiahave leapfrogged South Africa to become the world's No 1 ranked side following their victory over Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs in Mumbai yesterday.
It is the first time that India have led the rankings – only three countries have done so – but their reign may prove brief as they play only two Tests, against Bangladesh, in the next 11 months. It is probable that Australia or South Africa, the two previous table toppers, will replace the Indians in the next couple of months as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men pay the price of their board's obsession with the shorter versions of the game and the accompanying riches they are supposed to bring.
Nevertheless, India's record over the past year and a half is impressive, this confident 2-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka following on from other series victories over Australia, England and New Zealand, while they drew with South Africa. It is a run that moved Sachin Tendulkar to laud his team-mates. "I would not hesitate to say that this is the best team I have ever played with," said Tendulkar.
Zaheer Khan settled the contest yesterday by removing Kumar Sangakkara for 137 in the first over. Zaheer took three of the final four wickets to finish with 5 for 72.
In Adelaide, Australia were embarrassed to concede a first-innings deficit to West Indies in the second Test, Sulieman Benn taking 5 for 155 in 53 overs. "He's probably the most unique sort of spinner I've faced," said Mike Hussey of the 6ft 7in slow left-armer. West Indies lead by 35 runs with two days and 10 second innings wickets in hand.
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