ICC news September 1, 2014

India rise to No. 1 in ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

India have risen to No. 1 in the ODI rankings, while Australia toppled to fourth place after their defeat to Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Elton Chigumbura lifting his No. 10-ranked team to only their second success against Australia - the first in 31 years - has meant South Africa and Sri Lanka have leapfrogged the free-falling Australia, who were joint-No. 1 with India ahead of that match. India had equalled Australia's points tally following their victory at Trent Bridge, in the third ODI against England on August 30.

However, the situation at the top remains quite fluid. India will retain their place at No. 1 if they beat England in the remaining two matches of the Royal London ODI series and Australia beat South Africa at least once over the coming week - either on Tuesday or, if they make the final, on Saturday. South Africa will move to the top if they win their two remaining league games and the subsequent final, even if India win the fourth and fifth ODIs.

Australia, too, have a chance at reclaiming No. 1 if they beat South Africa in their remaining league stage game and again in the final. Concurrently, though, India would have to lose at least one of their two ODIs to England.

India had been the No. 1 side when they visited New Zealand in January, but lost the top rank after failing to win a match there.

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  • keshav on September 6, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost 5 consecutive bilateral series against India so keep dreaming.

  • Prashan on September 5, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    @KeshavPagar, Sri Lanka are definite favorites. We are the best in Asia. Keep dreaming.

  • keshav on September 4, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @Sinhaya LOL u Srilankas are so optimitic.Sri Lanka can win ODI only against weak teams like Bangladesh and England,but lost to South Africa in SL.

  • keshav on September 4, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    We are No 1 is ODI and t20 but need to improve in Tests.

  • Sage on September 4, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Hey...Mr Ankit Agrawal, you missed out what i said here..."This is my opinion" and you have your own right for your opinion. I do not have to see the past 10 to 12 years...SL has played brilliant cricket during that time and reached the finals in most of the ICC tournaments. I feel Indians find it very difficult to stomach when SL does well. Even Virat Kohli told me to watch out for T20 world cup because India is going trash SL. But I said no way...and SL won the match. it will very interesting to see another India SL ODI series. Australia and New Zealand is a neutral venue and lets see who's gonna perform well. SL is humble in defeat and in victory also love to be the underdog so they perform well. SL is also is very innovative so watch out...

  • Prashan on September 4, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    @Abaa, we know how everything will be done to favor India in the CWC 2015. But I have pure faith in my team to deliver the goods. I know Angelo Mathews thrives under most difficulty and will prove a point. 2012 T20 world cup, India managed to get all matches at RPS Colombo so that they can save travel time and get used to just 1 venue. BCCI will use all tricks possible to make things easy for India and make the world cup impossible for others.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    @ Sageleaf , mr. see the last 10 to 12 years record of India and Srilanka than compare it against any team in any format out side home or at home ground . Indian performance is much much better than Lankans . and then coment :) LOL .

  • Giridhar on September 4, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    well for years, when Australia adnd south Africa ruled ranking tables, the point system was fabulous. Now india come there as no. 1 team, points system is aweful. LOL, ROFL.

  • Suj on September 4, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Posted by Sinhaya on (September 4, 2014, 1:04 GMT) India never ever ever ever ever lose any game according to Indian fans. FACT: India are an easily shreddable thrashable unit. India are the best bowling attack ever according to Indian fans. FACT: Indian bowling can be torn apart into pieces.

    You really don't get it do you? You are stating "FACT" and coming up with something very amateurish. If any Indian fan said that India has never ever lost any games, they are being stupid. Not even the near perfect Australian team of the 2000s were completely unbeatable. India is definitely shreddable and thrashable. But then so is any team out there! Can this be done easily? Most certainly not! I don't think any Indian fan is deluded enough to consider their bowling attack the best ever. Yes they can be torn to pieces. Everyone knows that when Australia toured, India conceded 300 plus scores like a billion times. But who ended up winning that series? So Australia conceded just as much didn't it

  • Suj on September 4, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Posted by on (September 3, 2014, 10:41 GMT) @ Abaa, yes ICC was biased and gave some baseless bonus points to Bangladesh to make sure they are above Zimbabwe! LOL! Except for 3/4 matches, Bangladesh played really well over the last one year and they lost some close matches. There is a series coming up between Bangladesh & Zimbabwe, so that will eventually decide who is better. Keep praying till then.

    Sorry I am not too clear on as to what you mean. Are you saying that Bangladesh has performed better than Zimbabwe over the previous year? Bangladesh is yet to win an ODI this year. They have played over 10 games and lost even to Afghanistan. How does this translate to "played really well"? Lost close matches? Well that is a different way of saying "won nothing" isn't it? Yes we know what happened in the last series. Zimbabwe won 2-1. Keep praying? Praying for what? I am not even from Zimbabwe! Rather than LOL'ing and ROFL'ing maybe you can put forward a logical argument based on facts?

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