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India must win vs NZ to stay No.1

Calcutta: India will have to beat New Zealand in the upcoming ODI series to retain their top spot in the ICC rankings as Australia and England have a chance to topple Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men.

Australia are currently ranked second with 114 ratings points, six ratings behind No.1 ranked India, while England are ranked third on 111 ratings points.

Australia were last ranked No.1 in July 2012, only to be overtaken by England who held the top position till December 2012.

Australia and England’s rise to the top position however, is dependent on how India fare in their five-match series against hosts New Zealand, which begins on January 19 in Napier.

For both England and Australia to go atop, they would not just need to win themselves but also hope that New Zealand gets the better of India.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is the highest-ranked Indian in the batsmen’s rankings at second with Shikhar Dhawan placed at 10th.

Team Rankings

1. India; 2. Australia; 3. England; 4. South Africa; 5. Sri Lanka; 6. Pakistan; 7. West Indies; 8. New Zealand; 9. Bangladesh; 10. Zimbabwe; 11. Ireland; 12. Netherlands; 13. Kenya