Here’s how team India can achieve No.1 ODI rank after the South Africa series

Kuldeep Yadav of India
Kuldeep Yadav of India

The action in South Africa moves to colored clothing as the hosts take on India in an ODI series that comprises of 6 matches starting February 1st. Team India managed to hold onto their pole position in the longest format of the game on the back on their win in the final Test in Johannesburg. South Africa remained No.2 in Test Rankings behind India but the scenario is the opposite in ODI cricket.

The Proteas are currently the top-ranked side in ODIs while India are just behind them on No.2. South Africa have a rating of 120 and the Men in Blue are on 119 and so the visitors have a great chance of displacing the opponents and topping the chart. All India have to do is to emerge victorious in the ODI series and the top ranking will be theirs.

The visitors will fancy their chances of winning the ODI series as they have been in the Rainbow Nation for quite some time now and they have got accustomed to the conditions pretty well and they have a historic win in the Johannesburg Test to show. As AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the first 3 ODIs due to a finger injury, the chances for India just got better.

But if Virat Kohli and his men lose the series by 5-1 or 6-0, they will drop in the rankings and the 3rd ranked England will move up the table. England had recently defeated Australia 4-1 in their own backyard and they gained from the victory while the Aussies slipped to No.5

Current ICC ODI Teams’ Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  South Africa 53 6,386 120
2  India 56 6,680 119
3  England 59 6,871 116
4  New Zealand 57 6,550 115
5  Australia 57 6,376 112
6  Pakistan 51 4,875 96
7  Bangladesh 39 3,518 90
8  Sri Lanka 72 6,063 84
9  West Indies 43 3,260 76
10  Zimbabwe 45 2,380 53
11  Afghanistan 41 2,129 52
12  Ireland 28 1,240 44


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