By Shravan Bhat| Jul 20, 2013
A tumultuous two years after the 2011 World Cup, India is No. 1 in ODIs, Australia is struggling to regroup and South Africa continue to reign in Tests
We looked beyond ICC rankings to assess where the top 8 teams stand on cricket’s power map. We considered clout and competence, and here’s what emerged.
- Reclaimed top spot in ODIs for the first time since 1995 after a power-packed show at the ICC Champions Trophy. Shifted focus from corruption charges plaguing the BCCI.
- On a course correction after losing their way in 2011-12, particularly against England and Australia. Recovered lost ground on home turf against West Indies and Australia.
- Relinquished top spot in Tests to South Africa following a home humbling, but boast a bowling attack that has them as favourites in the Ashes series.
- Disappointing in the T20 format since winning the World T20 in 2010, dropping from 1st to 5th position.
- Easily the best Test side but flatter to deceive in the limited-overs format where they struggle to remove the ‘choker’ tag.
- Powered by Dale Steyn, the world's best fast bowler. But overly reliant on him and Graeme Smith, their Test captain who no longer plays the shorter versions.
- Regressive peformances in both ODIs and Tests, dropping to 5th and 6th in the world, respectively. Ageing team has been key factor in decline.
- Form away from home is iffy, bowling attack looks blunt.
- Slipped to 3rd in ODIs and a woeful 7th in T20s. What would hurt them most is their decline in Tests where they are now 4th.
- Michael Clarke and Shane Watson only players who can be counted on for brilliance.
- Winning the 2012 World T20 has catapulted them six places to 2nd in T20s.
- Still struggle in Tests, but progress has been made.
- Up three places in T20s but languishing in Tests and ODIs.
- Set back by turmoil at home and a fragile batting line-up.
- Have been unable to shake off the plucky underdog status.
- Held England to a win-less draw in recent home Test series but fell from 3rd to 8th in T20s.