There has been much debate and heated discussions on whether India deserve to be No.1 or England are more worthy. The supporters of both sides are busy backing their own teams. The experts have lavished praise on the English side for their 196-run win at Lord's, while India have been taken to task for their below par show. But, while experts from England and other countries have gone all the way in saying that it is England and not India who should be No.1, most from India have avoided going this far and have stopped at their usual criticism. I don't blame them, nobody wants to write-off their own team. Heck, we don't even give up on our teams when there is barely any hope, this Indian team still has a lot of firepower.
However, despite all this, I do believe England are worthy of the top spot. But, by this I do not mean they are the best cricketing side currently, as for that they would have to be on top of their game in all formats, which is not the case. They are just better than others, including India, when it comes to Test cricket. In ODIs and T20s, India still hold the advantage and the best team tag, and that is probably because the absence of depth and quality in their bowling department hurts them far lesser in the shorter formats.
People tend to forget the value of bowlers during an ODI, or even more, a T20 tournament, but Tests serve a good reminder of the fact, apart from many other things. Keeping the Lord's win aside, England are a more balanced and better side in Tests. While both India and England have a solid batting line-up, England take the edge courtesy their power-packed pace battery, that has a very able spinning ally in Graeme Swann. The attacking spinner has in fact played a winning hand in many of England's victories in the last few years. And, that is exactly the beauty of this English side - no over-reliance on a single player - whether in batting or bowling. One match has James Anderson struggling and Chris Tremlett or Stuart Broad making up for him while the next one sees Jimmy winning it single-handedly.