Calcutta: India have been confirmed as the No. 1 ranked side in the ICC ODI team rankings following Zimbabwe’s three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday.
India had joined Australia on top of the table after winning the third ODI in Nottingham on 30 August at 114 ratings points, but took sole possession at the coveted No. 1 spot after Zimbabwe recorded their first victory over Australia in 31 years. This result meant Australia has dropped three ratings points and has slipped behind South Africa and Sri Lanka into fourth position on 111 ratings points.
South Africa, following victories over Australia and Zimbabwe, are sitting in second spot on 113 ratings points, while Sri Lanka also have 111 ratings points but are ranked above Australia in third position by a fraction of a point.
With five ODIs to be played this week, there is potential for further changes at the top of the table, depending how these matches pan out.
For world champion India to finish as the No. 1 ranked side, they need to win the remaining two matches against England and then hope Australia beat South Africa either on September 2 or 6.
In this scenario, India will be on 115 ratings points, followed by South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.
1. India; 2. South Africa; 3. Sri Lanka; 4. Australia ; 5. England; 6. Pakistan; 7. New Zealand; 8. West Indies; 9. Bangladesh; 10. Zimbabwe; 11. Afghanistan; 12. Ireland