South Africa will have a chance to join India at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings when the two sides go face to face in the three-Test series starting in Newlands, Cape Town, on Friday, 5 January.
Faf du Plessis’s side is presently 13 points behind Virat Kohli’s team, which is sitting on top of the table on 124 points. However, both the sides will finish on 118 points if the South Africa side makes a clean sweep of the series.
Nevertheless, even in that scenario, India will be ranked above South Africa when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point. In such a situation, India will be on 118.47 points, while South Africa will be on 117.53.
On the other side of the coin, if India win all the three Tests of the series, then they will move to 128 points while South Africa will slip to 107 points.
The following are the series prmutations:
South Africa 3 India 0 – South Africa will join India on 118 points but India will be ranked first by a fraction of a point
South Africa 2 India 1 or South Africa 1 India 0 – South Africa 115 India 121
South Africa 2 India 0 – South Africa 116 India 120
India 3 South Africa 0 – India 128 South Africa 107
India 2 South Africa 1 or India 1 South Africa 0 – India 125 South Africa 110
India 2 South Africa 0 – India 126 South Africa 109
Drawn series – India 123 South Africa 112