India will start their two-Test series against South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday with an aim to close the gap with the No.1 ranked side in the world on the ICC Test Team rankings table.

South Africa enter the series with 131 ratings points, while India are in the second position at 119 points.

Whatever be the outcome of the series, both South Africa and India will retain their pre-series ranking.

2-0 win

If India manage to win both the Tests, they will gain five ratings points to move up to 124, while South Africa will drop down to 125 ratings points, thereby reducing the gap to just one ratings point.

Meanwhile, a 2-0 series win will for South Africa means a loss of three ratings points for India.

1-0 win

A 1-0 series win for India will mean a rise of four ratings points to 123, while South Africa will end at 126 ratings points.

A 1-0 series win for South Africa will see India concede two ratings points.

Series draw

A 1-1 or 0-0 series draw will mean India gain one point to move up to 120, while South Africa will move down to 130.PTI