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India have chance to overtake England and grab top ODI spot

Rohit Sharma
South Africa, Pakistan aim for comprehensive wins.
  • South Africa, Pakistan need comprehensive wins in upcoming series to maintain respective positions; Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies vie for mid-table points

  • Seven of 10 sides to play in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be seen in action over the next one month

  • Nepal, Netherlands players will hope to make impressive entries in MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings

England and India play the first match of their upcoming series in Nottingham on Tuesday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents.

Coming on the back of a well-contested Twenty20 International series, which India won 2-1, the top two sides in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings present some interesting prospects in the three-match series a year ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

India, who had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on 2 May, get a chance of claiming back the spot, but for that, they will have to blank their adversaries 3-0. England on the other hand will run up a lead of 10 points at the top of the table if they win by the same margin. 

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until 12 August.

Pakistan will have to defeat Zimbabwe 4-1 to ensure they don't fall behind Australia on the rankings chart
Pakistan will have to defeat Zimbabwe 4-1 to ensure they don't fall behind Australia on the rankings chart

Apart from the England-India series ending on 17 July, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan for five matches from 13 to 22 July, the West Indies will play three at home versus Bangladesh from 22 to 28 July, Sri Lanka will host South Africa for five matches from 29 July to 12 August and the Netherlands play two at home against Nepal.

Fifth-placed Pakistan will have to win the series against Zimbabwe by a margin of 4-1 in order to ensure they do not slip behind sixth-placed Australia, while 10th-ranked Zimbabwe will have to pull off a 4-1 win over Pakistan in order to leapfrog Afghanistan and move up one spot in the rankings table.

Similarly, third-ranked South Africa face the challenge of blanking Sri Lanka 5-0 in an away series to ensure they do not slip behind New Zealand even as mid-table sides Bangladesh (seventh), Sri Lanka (eighth) and the West Indies (ninth) will be vying for important points during this period.

Nepal will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the Netherlands on 1 and 3 August while the Netherlands will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Nepal gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it had earlier by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Virat Kohli leads the batting charts in ODIs
Virat Kohli leads the batting charts in ODIs

The players of these two nations will be hoping to make impressive entries in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on 13 August after 18 matches featuring many of the top players around the world.

India captain Virat Kohli leads the rankings for batsmen with a career-high rating of 909 points, a good 96 points ahead of Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who will be hoping to get back into the groove after missing the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe due to injury.

Fourth-ranked Rohit Sharma of India will be looking to continue his T20I form in the ODIs, sixth-ranked Joe Root of England has a good chance of overtaking Ross Taylor, while the South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis as well as India’s left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan are the other players likely to be seen in action.

In the bowlers’ list, top-ranked Jasprit Bumrah’s finger injury, due to which he will miss the series, gives others a chance to close the gap, and third-ranked Hasan Ali of Pakistan would be eyeing a return to the top spot. Leg-spinners Adil Rashid of England and Yuzvendra Chahal of India are other top 10 players who will be seen in upcoming matches.

Upcoming series: 

England v India

12 July – 1st ODI , Trent Bridge, Nottingham

14 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London

17 July – 3rd ODI, Headingley, Leeds 

Zimbabwe v Pakistan 

13 July – 1st ODI, Bulawayo

16 July – 2nd ODI, Bulawayo

18 July, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo

20 July, 4th ODI, Bulawayo

22 July, 5th ODI, Bulawayo

West Indies v Bangladesh 

22 July – 1st ODI, Guyana

25 July – 2nd ODI, Guyana

28 July – 3rd ODI, St Kitts

Sri Lanka v South Africa

29 July – 1st ODI, Dambulla

1 Aug – 2nd ODI, Dambulla

5 Aug – 3rd ODI, Kandy

8 Aug – 4th ODI, Kandy

12 Aug – 5th ODI, Colombo

Netherlands v Nepal 

1 Aug – 1st ODI, VRA, Amsterdam

3 Aug – 2nd ODI, VRA, Amsterdam

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 10 July):

1England 126
3South Africa113
4New Zealand112
5Pakistan 102
7Bangladesh 93
8Sri Lanka77

*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing four more matches each

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 10 July):

Batsmen (top 20)

RankPlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1Virat KohliInd909!58.1909 v SA at Centurion 2018
2Babar AzamPak81351.11846 v NZ at Wellington 2018
3David WarnerAus80343.43880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
4Rohit SharmaInd79944.55825 v SL at Mohali 2017
5Ross TaylorNZ78546.28789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018
6Joe RootEng78449.82819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018
7Quinton de KockSA78345.41808 v Ban at East London 2017
8Faf du PlessisSA78244.68802 v Ind at Durban 2018
9Kane WilliamsonNZ77846.87798 v SA at Centurion 2015
10Shikhar DhawanInd76945.9794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
11Jonny BairstowEng76051.55777 v Aus at Durham 2018
12Hashim AmlaSA74650.23901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
13Martin GuptillNZ73142.99789 v SA at Hamilton 2017
14MS DhoniInd71751.37836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
15Aaron FinchAus70638.19744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
16Jos ButtlerEng70540.67723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
17Tamim IqbalBan69834.98721 v Zim at Mirpur 2018
18Steve SmithAus67541.84752 v Pak at Sydney 2017
19Travis HeadAus670*!37670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018
20Jason RoyEng66639.06680 v Aus at Durham 2018

Bowlers (top 20)

RankPlayerTeamPtsAvgeEcoHighest Rating
1Jasprit BumrahInd787*!22.54.64787 v SA at Centurion 2018
2Rashid KhanAfg763*14.43.96787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018
3Hasan AliPak711*21.45.29766 v NZ at Wellington 2018
4Trent BoultNZ69924.635.09766 v Ind at Delhi 2016
5Josh HazlewoodAus69624.274.72733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
6Imran TahirSA68324.814.68786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017
7Kagiso RabadaSA67927.575.11724 v Eng at Lord's 2017
8=Adil RashidEng66731.145.55677 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2018
     Y. ChahalInd667*!21.834.76667 v SA at Centurion 2018
10Chris WoakesEng65330.775.5673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
11Mitchell StarcAus64220.954.93783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
12Mitchell SantnerNZ63233.914.9663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018
13Moeen AliEng629!44.265.08629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018
14Kuldeep YadavInd628*20.024.8637 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018
15Akshar PatelInd624*31.314.43663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017
16Mohammad NabiAfg61131.954.29653 v Zim at Harare 2017
17Pat CumminsAus60728.455.38626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018
18Matt HenryNZ60624.595.57675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
19M. RahmanBan601*19.194.63602 v Zim at Mirpur 2018
20Tim MurtaghIre59733.164.53613 v Zim at Harare 2018

All-rounders (top five)

RankPlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1S. Al HasanBan359453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2M. HafeezPak339438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
3M. NabiAfg323349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017
4Mitchell SantnerNZ317!317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018
5=Angelo MathewsSL306427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
     Moeen AliEng306!306 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018

*Indicates a provisional rating

! Indicates career-best rating

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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