Monday, November 19, 2007

India rises to 4th in ICC rankings

The 3-2 ODI series win over Pakistan has propelled India to fourth in the ICC one-day Championship table, overtaking Shoaib Malik's men, who have dropped a couple of rungs to sixth in the latest list.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side is now just four rating points behind third-placed New Zealand and will swap places with them if South Africa makes a clean-sweep of the three-match ODI series starting November 25.

India came into the series against Pakistan in fifth spot and trailed their arch-rivals by a matter of decimal places.

However, victories in Guwahati (by five wickets), Kanpur (by 46 runs) and Gwalior (by six wickets) have helped it secure some silverware and fourth place in the ICC table.

Pakistan's victory by 31 runs in Jaipur last night prevented them from dropping behind seventh-placed England and they remain ahead of Paul Collingwood's side only when the ratings are calculated to three decimal places.

Australia still leads the table, five rating points clear of South Africa, the ICC said in a statement.

India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and England have no more ODIs to play this year, which means the West Indies could close the gap on them as they are scheduled to play five matches against Zimbabwe in November and December.

ICC Championship Table: 1. Australia (128), 2. South Africa (123), 3. New Zealand (114), 4. India (110), 5. Sri Lanka (108), 6. Pakistan (107), 7. England (107), 8. West Indies (102), 9. Bangladesh (48), 10. Ireland (28).

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