In the 2nd innings, India contrives to lose 7 wickets for 21 runs within 80 minutes, another gutless performance which left them losing the match by an innings and 8 runs. Tendulkar and Mishra showed how by adding 144 together as England stayed wicketless for 2 hours and 40 minutes.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said that “I know England were determined to be number-one and through careful planning and a series of clinical performances, they have deservedly achieved their goal. They were clearly the most consistent side in the world over the past few years as evidenced by their determination to complete their series victory here at The Oval.”
England had sealed the number-one position after taking an indomitable 3-0 at Edgbaston but triumph in the 4th Test not only strengthened their position at the top but also dropped India into 3rd position with 117 ratings points, one behind 2nd-placed South Africa.
England is the 4th team after Australia, South Africa and India to get the number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test rankings table.