Australia’s loss is India’s gain as Dhoni’s men move into second place in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship
First time India has occupied second spot in the table
Another India win on Sunday could close the gap to South Africa to just two points as race for top position at the end of March heats up
New Zealand on a roll too, could close to within three points of Proteas with three more wins over Australia
The repercussions of New Zealand’s six-wicket win over Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday could be felt as far away as Colombo.
That was because the loss for Michael Clarke’s side, it’s fifth in a row, has dropped it down to third place in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table with India, currently in Sri Lanka for its own ODI series, replacing it in second spot.
Australia is now one rating point behind India, four back from leaders South Africa and only four clear of the Black Caps.
Since the ODI rankings were launched in October 2002, India has never been as high as second in the table.
And Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side, already 4-0 up in its ongoing series, can close the gap to the Proteas to two points if it secures victory in the final ODI on Sunday (8 February).
But Australia can regain second spot if it wins back-to-back matches against New Zealand on Sunday, in Sydney, and Adelaide, on Tuesday (10 February).
And if it can string three wins together to take out the series then it will draw level on points with South Africa, although it will still lie second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Of course, that will be the last thing on the minds of New Zealand. Two more wins will see it overtake Australia and drop the home side to fourth on the table, while a series clean sweep will take it to 122 points, just three behind South Africa.
Whatever happens, the current make-up of the head of the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table means the annual race for top spot at the end of March is likely to go right down to the wire.
The side that leads the listing at that point will be US$175,000 richer while the runner-up will collect US$75,000. The ongoing series and the upcoming one between New Zealand and India look set to determine where those pay-outs will end up.
Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship (as of 6 February, after Australia – New Zealand ODI)
Rank Team Rating
1 South Africa 125
2 India 122
3 Australia 121
4 New Zealand 117
5 Pakistan 111
6 England 108
7 Sri Lanka 103
8 West Indies 91
9 Bangladesh 46
10 Zimbabwe 23
11 Ireland 19
12 Kenya 0
(Developed by David Kendix)
To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/rankings/iccrankingpredictor/predictor-odi.html.
For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com.
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