World champion India has dropped to fifth position in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table after England won the five-ODI series 3-0 on Friday.
It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side’s lowest ranking since October 2008 when it spent three months at the number-five position to sum up a disappointing summer in England where it slipped from number-one position in the Reliance ICC Test Championship to third spot after losing all the four Tests.
India had entered the series in third position on 117 ratings points and finished on 112 ratings points after it lost the second, third and fifth ODIs while the first ODI at Chester-le-Street was washed-out and the fourth at Lord’s had ended in a tie.
In fact, India had slipped to fourth position after the third ODI at The Oval where it went down by three wickets (according to Duckworth-Lewis method) and then slipped further behind after defeat in another rain-reduced match in Cardiff.
In contrast, England has gained a place and has moved to fourth position. For remaining unbeaten in the series, Alastair Cook’s side has earned six ratings points which has left it just one points ahead of India and as many as three behind third-ranked South Africa.
However, India will have a chance to not only reclaim lost ground but potentially move into second position depending on how it performs in the five-ODI series against England which starts at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday 14 October. But India will also have an eye on how the three-ODI series between South Africa and Australia, which starts at Centurion on 19 October, pans out.
To find out how the forthcoming ODI series will affect the team rankings, please go to www.icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has gained one ratings point for its 3-0 win against Zimbabwe. However, there is no change in its ranking as it stays in sixth position –11 behind India and as many ahead of seventh-ranked New Zealand.
The Reliance ICC ODI player rankings will be released on Sunday.
Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 17 September, after England-India and Zimbabwe-Pakistan series)
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For information relating to the latest Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.