Kohli not motivated by Test rankings


India need to beat West Indies in Port of Spain to remain the number one Test team, but captain Virat Kohli insists he is not motivated by topping the rankings.

Australia's thrashing at the hands of Sri Lanka saw India claim first place on Wednesday, but only a victory in the fourth Test will maintain their position, with rivals Pakistan just a point behind in the standings.

Kohli said being ranked the world's best team is a "nice inventive" for India, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, but played down the importance of the symbolic title.

"[The number one ranking] is a nice incentive but it doesn't really change anything for the team," said Kohli ahead of the Test, which starts on Thursday. "Our goal has been to play good cricket, we've done that in the past year or so and we want to continue.

"Even last year when we won against South Africa, we became number one because of some other team losing. To be the best side in the world we need to play consistently over three or four days - this is what we feel.

"This is a short-term incentive. If we play good cricket for a sustained period of time we would actually be the number one team in the world.

"The more games we play, the more we can judge the team. At the end of the season we'll be in a better position to look back and see how we've played."

Kohli hinted India could make changes to their team at Queen's Park Oval, but said personnel would only change as a result of the conditions and the pitch.

"A couple of spots will always be up for change because of conditions and what the pitch is like," India's captain said. "I can't disclose the things we are looking to do in this Test match.

"I had a look [at the pitch] yesterday and there were a few damp spots. The covers came on pretty quickly today so I don't know how much that has dried up. Apart from the damp spots, the surface was pretty dry. It should have turn and bounce, that's the feeling I got.

"But if we have rain for the next few days on and off, I'm sure the seamers will get more assistance. In the nets today, the seamers did get a lot of assistance. We have a couple of players who could change depending on what the conditions are like under the covers."