India will have to settle for the third spot behind England in the ICC Test team rankings after the latter managed to salvage a draw in the final Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 82 to help India chase down 155-run target on Day 3 of the fourth Test and clinched a historic series whitewash by inflicting 4-0 defeat on Australia.
Nathan Lyon tormented India to pick up five wickets but a fighting 43 by Ravindra Jadeja lower down the order helped India finish on 266/7, with a slender four-run lead.
Indian spinners ripped apart the Australian batting line up as the visitors managed 231/8 at stumps on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test at Ferozshah Kotla.
Australia skipper Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat against India in the fourth and final Test at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium on Friday.
India will go for the kill against Australia as they aim for an unprecedented 4-0 clean sweep by inflicting another defeat on the visitors in the fourth Test.
Shikhar Dhawan was on Tuesday ruled out of the final Test against Australia as he will be out of action for six weeks due to a fracture on his left hand.
Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a whirlwind century on debut, is doubtful for the final Test to be played at the Kotla in Delhi from Friday, Indian skipper MS Dhoni told reporters on Monday.
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc will have surgery later this week on an ankle injury as he races the clock to be fit for the Ashes series, Cricket Australia said.
India registered their best-ever series victory over Australia after winning the third Test to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 4-match series.