Thursday, September 03, 2009

India Had A Chance to Head the Point Tabel in ICC ODI Ranking

A clean-hit in the tri-series in opposition to Sri Lanka and New Zealand will sling India to the number one mark in the ICC One-day rankings for the first time.

India to play a tri-series in Sri Lanka shortly this week and if Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can win all the three matches then India will go on top of the stand for the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2002.

In the meantime, England, who knocked off Australia from the top in Tests, will have another chance to get their archrivals in the ODI rankings during the seven match ODI series which starts at The Oval this Friday.

Andrew Strauss's men can exceed the Australians if they win 5-2 or better in the series, while for Ricky Ponting's side it will also be a chance to regain the number one position.

Australia at present occupies the third place with 119 ratings points, one place ahead of England, who have eight points.

South Africa heads the table with 127 ratings points followed by India on 126. However, England can move ahead of Australia if they win the series 7-0, 6-1 or 5-2.

If the hosts wins 7-0, they will push Australia to as low as seventh place, depending how the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka to be held from September 8-14 pans out.

A 5-2 series result in England's favor will put it on 118 ratings points and four in front of Australia.

For Australia to regain the number one mark not only they will have to win all the matches in opposition to England but will also need either New Zealand or Sri Lanka to beat India at least once in Colombo.

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