Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer and the skipper, has termed Australia Cricket Team as “absolutely pathetic” away from the home ground in the red-ball cricket.
Australia Cricket team is known to show splendid and peerless performance in all forms of the game. The squad comprises of top-notched players from openers to the 12th man. As a consequence of their majestic performances after 2016-2017 that ICC counted to renew the rankings for the teams across all formats, Australia have been shifted to the first spot in ICC Test rankings surpassing India. Men in Blue lost their tip-top spot and have slid down to the third place which has disappointed Gautam Gambhir.
Australia have been absolutely pathetic away from home: Gautam Gambhir
The former cricketer has raised queries for ICC to answer and says that he sees rankings and points useless. He has uttered his disgrace and disappointment over the scenario and discussed that India Cricket Team lost only one out of thirteen test matches played in the last few years that ICC have looked upon to number the teams.
He also maintained that Australia have been pathetic outside their home as they lost all four games in the subcontinent.
“India has yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is large because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update,” an ICC statement said.
“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 said during the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports.
“Yes, absolutely. 100 percent. If you have to see from the overall impact point of view, India has lost a 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,” Gambhir noted.
“For me, India should be there (No. 1) because of Australia… I have serious doubts On what front have you given Australia the No. 1 ranking? They have been absolutely pathetic away from home, especially in the sub-continent,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.