ICC ranking: India is No. 1 in the ODI…


India will only be confirmed the top-ranked ODI side only by winning the remaining two games against England, and hope that Australia beat South Africa in their next clash or in the final of their tri-series.

Australia’s shock defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe has meant that India have leapfrogged them as the No. 1-ranked ODI side in the world. India had already made a push for the top spot with victories over England in the second and third one-day internationals in their series, but Australia’s loss put India firmly on top.

Australia suffered a three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in the ongoing tri-series in Harare on Sunday, as the home side recorded their first victory over the four-time world champions in 31 years, thereby dropping down three places to be on No. 4. They last beat Australia at the 1983 World Cup.

South Africa, following their 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, an ICC release said.

South Africa are also in with a chance to move into the top position if they win their remaining league games and the final of the tri-series. Even though Australia have slipped to No. 4 in the rankings, they can reclaim the top spot by winning their remaining games and if England defeat India in one of their two remaining matches.

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