Written by Shamik Chakrabarty
| Kolkata |
Published:November 16, 2017 1:35 am


India currently have 125 rating points, 14 more than No. 2 South Africa. (Source: PTI)

What context does this three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka offer? Even if the hosts lose the series 3-0 — only a theoretical possibility — they will retain their No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. India currently have 125 rating points, 14 more than No. 2 South Africa.

A clean sweep in favour of Sri Lanka will bring India’s rating points down to 117, still six more than the Proteas. A 3-0 scoreline in favour of India will increase their points tally to 127. Virat Kohli and Co. have very little to lose and not much to gain.

Also, India and Sri Lanka have been playing against each other almost non-stop since July. India’s 9-0 romp across three formats in Sri Lanka attested to the mismatch. Little wonder then that the…

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