India’s ascent to the number one position in Test rankings offers cause for cheer. This is the fourth instance of India securing the top slot in the International Cricket Council’s rankings since it was introduced in 2003.

For a squad evolving from the pangs of transition and with big shoes to fill, from those of Sachin Tendulkar to those of Anil Kumble, it has done remarkably well. The combined numbers of the playing XI at Kolkata were 28.54 years in age and 27.54 in the average number of Tests played — for such a young team to register dominance, under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, is no mean achievement.