One of the more common coaching cliches in sport is some variant of “It is more difficult to stay on top than it is to get there”. The year 2016 saw the number one ranked Test side changing hands frequently. India began the year at the top but were swiftly replaced by Australia, who then were supplanted by Pakistan. India finished the year routing England at home, and establishing a firm grip at the number one spot, opening a sizable lead over second-ranked Australia.