The humiliating 0-4 whitewash at the hands of Australia [ Images ] resulted in India [ Images ] dropping a rung to third spot in the ICC [ Images ] Test rankings with Michael Clarke's [ Images ] team breathing down their neck just a fraction of a point behind in the table.
India, who entered the series in second place on 118 ratings points, have fallen to 111 ratings points while fourth-ranked Australia have boosted their standing in the Championship table after gaining eight ratings points which put them alongside their rivals, the ICC said in a statement.
However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's [ Images ] men are still ranked above Clarke's men by a fraction of a point. When the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India have 111.10 ratings points while Australia are on 110.80 ratings points.
Nevertheless, Australia will have a chance to move ahead of India when they travel to the West Indies [ Images ] in March to play in a three-Test series, which will start in Barbados on April 7.
There, Australia will need to win the series by 1-0 or better to achieve the number-three position on the table.
Since December 16 2010, India have dropped from 129 ratings points to 111 ratings points.
In the last 13 months, India drew with South Africa [ Images ] (1-1) in South Africa, beat the West Indies in West Indies (1-0), lost 0-4 to England [ Images ] in England, beat the West Indies (2-0) at home before losing 0-4 to Australia in Australia.