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India puts its number-two position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings on the line

A 5-0 victory for India would see it advance to 119 points and narrow Australia’s lead at the top to eight points

India puts its number-two position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings on the line - Cricket News
India leads South Africa by five points and needs to win two matches to avoid slipping behind it.
India will defend its number-two position on the ICC ODI Team Rankings when it takes on third-ranked South Africa in a five-match series, which starts in Kanpur, on Sunday, 11 October.
 
India leads South Africa by five points and needs to win two matches to avoid slipping behind the Proteas. A 4-1 win for South Africa will put it second on 113 points with India dropping to third on 112 points, but a 3-2 win for the tourists will mean India will retain second spot on 114 points and South Africa getting the consolation of reducing the gap with the host from five points to two.
 
On the other side of the coin, a 5-0 victory for India would see it advance to 119 points and narrow Australia’s lead at the top to eight points. In this scenario, South Africa slip behind New Zealand in fourth position on 107 points.
 
The following are the series permutations:
 
India (115 pts) v South Africa (110 pts)
 
·         If Ind wins 5-0, then Ind 119 pts, SA 107 pts
·         If Ind wins 4-1, then Ind 117 pts, SA 108 pts
·         If Ind wins 3-2, then Ind 116 pts, SA 110 pts
·         If SA wins 5-0, then Ind 110 pts, SA 115 pts
·         If SA wins 4-1, then Ind 112 pts, SA 113 pts
If SA wins 3-2, then Ind 114 pts, SA 112 pts
·         If the series is drawn 2-2, then Ind 115 pts, SA 111 pts
 
The ICC ODI Rankings predictor function is available here. The ODI table is updated after each match.
 
Meanwhile, the top three batsmen in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen will feature in the series.
 
South Africa captain AB de Villiers holds a 73-point advantage over his compatriot and second-ranked Hashim Amla who, in turn, is 21 points clear of India’s Virat Kohli.
 
Apart from Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan (sixth) and Dhoni (eighth) are the other batsmen who represent the home side inside the top 10 and will be looking for upward movements during the series.
 
Outside the top 10, Rohit Sharma (15th), Faf du Plessis (17th) and Suresh Raina (18th), Quinton de Kock (23rd), David Miller (26th), JP Duminy (34th), Ajinkya Rahane (38th) and Ambati Rayudu (49th) will be aiming to improve their rankings.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir will need to put up strong performances during the series if he has to retain his number-one position. The wrist spinner leads Australia’s Mitchell Starc, with fifth-ranked Dale Steyn not too far behind.
 
Other bowlers looking to head in the right direction include Ravichandran Ashwin (ninth), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10th), Morne Morkel (11th), Umesh Yadav (24th), Amit Mishra (45th) and Mohit Sharma (48th).

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan holds a commanding lead at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders and the highest-ranked all-rounder on either side heading into the series is ninth-placed Duminy.
 
Forthcoming matches:
 
India v South Africa
11 Oct – First ODI, Kanpur
14 Oct – Second ODI, Indore (d/n)
18 Oct – Third ODI, Rajkot (d/n)
22 Oct – Fourth ODI, Chennai (d/n)
25 Oct – Fifth ODI, Mumbai (d/n)
 
ICC ODI Championship table (as on 10 October, ahead of India-South Africa series):
 
Rank   Team             Points
1          Australia          127
2          India                115
3          South Africa    110
4          New Zealand   109
5          Sri Lanka         103
6          England           100
7          Bangladesh       96
8          West Indies      88
9          Pakistan           88
10        Ireland             49
11        Zimbabwe       47
12        Afghanistan     41
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 10 October, ahead of India-South Africa series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1           AB de Villiers        SA           884        53.27     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2           Hashim Amla       SA           811        54.30     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   3           Virat Kohli            Ind          790        50.66     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   4           K. Williamson       NZ          788        48.02     798 v SA at Centurion 2015
   5           T. Dilshan              SL           781        39.71     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   6           S. Dhawan            Ind          765        44.41     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   7           Ross Taylor          NZ          728        43.91     743 v Zim at Harare 2015
   8           MS Dhoni              Ind          723        52.24     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
   9           Glenn Maxwell     Aus         717        34.88     724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
  10         Aaron Finch          Aus         696        38.06     743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  15         Rohit Sharma       Ind          670        39.20     693 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  17         F. du Plessis           SA           656        37.16     703 v NZ at Bay Oval 2014
  18         Suresh Raina        Ind          652        36.18     669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013
  23         Q. de Kock            SA           630        37.22     749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
  26         David Miller          SA           612        36.35     635 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  34         JP Duminy            SA           584        39.51     668 v Net at Mohali 2011
  38         Ajinkya Rahane  Ind          564        31.00     591 v UAE at Perth 2015
  49         Ambati Rayudu   Ind          534*      45.33     537 v Zim at Harare 2015

Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     Player               Team     Pts         Ave      Econ     HS Rating
   1           Imran Tahir          SA           723        21.67     4.36       735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   2           Mitchell Starc       Aus         713        19.65     4.85       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   3           Sunil Narine          WI          709        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   4           Trent Boult           NZ          705*      24.08     4.64       738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
   5           Dale Steyn            SA           694        25.89     4.81       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   6           S. Al Hasan           Ban        690        28.35     4.30       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   7           M. Johnson           Aus         672        25.26     4.83       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
   8           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         655        22.73     4.18       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   9           R. Ashwin              Ind          644        31.40     4.82       691 v SL at Hambantota 2012
  10         B. Kumar              Ind          639        34.71     4.55       657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014

Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave     Econ     HS Rating
  11         Morne Morkel      SA           636        24.19     4.92       717 v SL at East London 2012
  24         Umesh Yadav      Ind          560        31.85     5.79       600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
  45         Amit Mishra         Ind          494*      23.95     4.58       570 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  48         Mohit Sharma      Ind          487*      30.96     5.16       495 v Aus at Sydney 2015

All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                    Team     Pts         S Rating
   1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        418        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2           T. Dilshan                              SL           379        415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           Angelo Mathews                  SL           375        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4           M. Hafeez                             Pak         353        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   5           Glenn Maxwell                     Aus         348        351 v Eng at Headingley 2015

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.
!indicates career-highest rating

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