Birmingham: Their reputation in tatters after two humiliating defeats, injury-ravaged India face an arduous task to retain their number one status when they go into the third Test against England on Wednesday with serious concerns over the form of their famed batsmen.
Down 0-2 in the four-match series, India would be stripped of their number one ranking in the ICC charts if England beat them in this match. Even otherwise, England just have to draw both or win one of the matches to clinch the top spot.
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Given England's resounding wins thus far, India's revival looks difficult after a spate of injuries -- the latest being the ankle and hamstring problem of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan which has ruled him out of the entire series. (Also Read: Unpredictable pitch awaits India at Edgbaston)