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Sri Lanka leapfrog India to second in ODI rankings

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November 9, 2010

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Sri Lanka celebrate their series win, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, November 7, 2010
The 2-1 win in Australia was Sri Lanka's first series victory in Australia © Getty Images
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Sri Lanka have surged ahead of India to second place in the ICC ODI rankings following their 2-1 series win against table-toppers Australia. Sri Lanka's win, their first in Australia, earned them three points, lifting them to 118, one clear of India. Despite their recent slump across formats, Australia continue to maintain a healthy lead and are currently on 128 points.

India will have to sweep New Zealand 5-0 in the home one-day series, which begins on November 28, if they are to reclaim the second spot. A 5-0 result will take India to 121 points, while a 4-1 scoreline will leave them a few decimal points short of Sri Lanka, who will have the opportunity to add to their tally when they clash against West Indies at home from December 9.

South Africa's 3-2 series win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates left them in fourth place at 115 points, and their next one-day fixture will be against the touring Indians in January. The results of that series, and Australia's post-Ashes ODIs against England, could decide the standings leading up to the World Cup, which begins on February 19.

The top five
Position Team Points
1 Australia 128
2 Sri Lanka 118
3 India 117
4 South Africa 115
5 England 112

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Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (November 16, 2010, 1:03 GMT)

Man007: Why don't you put up the scorecard of India's performance in the last WC match they played? (SL vs IND in WI) or the match India played against Bangladesh?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 15, 2010, 4:42 GMT) - is incorrect??? - nothing to say! Good luck! # Ahamed Afker on (November 12 2010, 06:00 AM GMT) in 2003 we did not all out for 109. ------- #ICC World Cup - 46th match, Super Sixes # ODI no. 1985 | 2002/03 season # Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue) #Sri Lanka innings (target: 293 runs from 50 overs) #(all out; 23 overs; 123 mins) 109

Posted by Meety on (November 12, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

As far as W/Cup flukes, my believe is that SL has the better arguement - this does not take away from the fact India had a good team in 1983. The WIndies were brilliant back then & had an off day, but India won fair & square. SL beat Oz in 1996, Oz were red hot favourites, but SL for the 2 or 3 years prior, had been playing a brilliant brand of cricket, Oz played well in the final, SL played better. I rate the SL win highly because of what Oz has done since - 3 in a row, (in saying that India stopped the WIndies winning 3 in a row - in conditions more favourable to the WIndies). So there is plaenty to argue about, keep the mindless dribble out of it & be fair in critiques. SL have a proud but short history @ International level, India have had a proud but longer history. Oz has had a longer but far greater cricket history then everyone - haha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Meety on (November 12, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

LOL - I think the rankings are more trouble then they are worth. From about 1978 to 1994, everyone knew the WIndies were #1, from 1994 to 2008, everyone knew Oz was #1 (except the rankings system that put Sth Africa briefly there despite not winning a series against Oz). At the moment India have had a very good run (in favourable conditions), they are the #1 side in Tests (by default), & they will be putting their credentials on the line (finally), in Sth Africa. Whoever wins the series will be #1, (if not by rankings, in the minds of FAIR minded fans). A drawn series, I'd lean to India being #1 & LOL that Sth Africa have stuffed up again! In ODIs, Oz are #1 & have been the best undeniably since 1999, the dynasty goes back to 96, (except for the small matter of a brilliant De Silva knock). I don't feel Oz should be 10 pts ahead, particularly after losing 2-1 to SL @ home. I think Oz may be about to produce the most special W/Cup win yet in 2011.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (November 12, 2010, 15:53 GMT)

Question : What/Who are funnier than the overrated Indian cricket team and their test ranking? - Answer : Jobless Indian fans who make anti SL comments in an article that doesn't concern them. Get a life. The whole world knows Indian cricket team is nothing but a bunch of jokers (or actors as you people call them when they lose) who think they are the best when they are even struggling to beat an INEXPERIENCED NZ side @ home.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

@Man007. I am very well know the fact & Figures.Your above site was incorrect.Why u mentioned bogus site in the first place.Earlier your comment was IND winning constantly against SA & AUS.Now u said better winning some matches than SL.How pathetic.How SL winning against those teams without playing them regurlarly.SL playing from 1982(Test).But your team is playing since 1932.Can u deny ?....But after playing so many years (80 Years) you won once only in SA.How SL can win a match in SA so quickly (28 Years) that too without playing.True we lost with big margin next WC (after 4Yrs).But can u show me any team (WC Holder) losing 5-0 (whitewashed by WIN) immediately after WC?... that too in IND.Can u say no to this?..Do u know one more stat you won only 6 Test matches in abroad during 1990-99 (1 decade).(5 of them against minnows ZIM and 1 agains SL).How pathetic your team performance (after 60 years).Do not say these r all baseless check Cricinfo stat.

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 12, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

1. SL is the worst team since the vatican city to play cricket 2. they don't deserve test status 3. muralitharan is a chucker. 4. They can't play abroad nor at home 5. the 96 wc win was a fluke. 6. They were knocked out in the first round of the WC 2007 7. They can't play short pitched bowling[suresh raina is in fact a sri lankan] 8. They should stop playing cricket and play croquet ok so are you satisfied? can you please mind your own business and poke your noses in articles involving your team?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 12, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker : Where do you get these info? Pathetic. See how baseless your arguments!!!!. ------------------------------------------ # Fluke win was a reply to someone else claim. They claimed India's win was fluke, in that case, yours too. #Can you pls show me few matches were some WC winners lost by that much (180+ runs) in the next WC? # Never won a test match (by Lanka) in IND,SA & AUS is better than at least winning a couple there (by India). Great logic!! # SRT got records there???. lol. #So, as pr you, we have to declare after 1st day what ever may be the score and let your team to bat!!!. Nothing to say. lol.

Again I request you to spent some time and learn the facts right. And come up with valid points.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 9:02 GMT)

@Man007. I don't want to Create our own record,may be you want your own.So far we never won test in IND.But some umpire blunders against us those too.But as a new team our record is better than your IND.Playing somany years Just winning one game against SA and AUS in there backyard won't make a good team LOL.Can tell me Where we did not win a Test apart from IND,SA & AUS.At the same time we never lost a test in ZIM.Weather it is ODI or Test our record is better than yours.There are lot of better teams are there than IND too. Compare ODI's with SA at home or away.Then you will come to know the reality.If ZIM is so good why they can not win matches abroad.A.Flower is good but not the ZIM team. SRT want to make 200,but Dravid diclared you know my friend.We declared 5th day is true but IND batted for 2days.We never feared to anyone because we know that is just the game.IND is not like that.Burning,stoning and so on.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

srilanka will win the 2011 world cup.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 6:00 GMT)

@Man007.In 2003 we did not all out for 109.You are mathamaticaly week I think.Check the record first.Winnig by 180 odd is not very big margin (in WC) when compare to some other matches winning by 250+ do not forget.If SL win by fluke then IND too.How many WC IND is won?... only one.That too by fluke.Immediately Runner up (WIN) came to IND and beat IND by 5-0 margin (In there own backyard) Continuously 10 matches they lost to WIN.That shows they win by FLUKE ONLY.Further SL beat you in 1975 WC too(Firstever Associate team win against Test team).1987 we lost that time we are minnows (now like ZIM,BAN)like that. @alex2012 SL record is better than IND against other teams when we played out side subcontinent.I think only PAK having better record than SL.See your ODI record against SA comparatively with SL.You will know the answer then.But IND record is worst compare to others.If you have large fool you have more choice my friend(for population).

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 12, 2010, 4:03 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker :Which SL record? May be you have to create your-own record! You are shifting from ODI's to Test. LOL.First, let me know how many test matches you won in India. 17-played 0-won 10-lost 7-draw.may be that's what you are talking of the record. LOL .Do you know that Andy Flower was one of the top 5 batsman in the world?? He is in ICC's Top 100 All-time Test Batting rankings (at Number 24). Then that team is worst according to you???. They were a better Test team than yours.#1997 Colombo Test : Your team declared their innings only on day 5 evening as the end of the game. why?? Feared? How many teams did like that? what a shame! Tendulkar playing for his team and even India declared when tendulkar was on 194 (not out). Buddy, do some search and get the facts right before argue. That Colombo test was the real indication of your abilities.#China playing other sports for years.They r the current Football World Champs?!lol

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (November 11, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

To have a level playing field cricket has to be fair. The UDR system will enable the smaller nations a better chance in having a go at the bigger nations. SL have had their own share of bad decisions in India many a times. So have Bangladesh, Kenya, Zimbababwe when playing against the higher ranking teams including SL. If cricket is to be fair the smaller nations need to be given that chance. India need to push for the UDR system where there are positives. We cannot improve the UDRS system unless we start somewhere. Indian and SL fans need to grow up and recognise each others potential and not be childish as featured here. Australia lost a home series. Well done Sri Lanka. India beat the Aussies well done Inida. Why the jealousy? SL are no where near the WC winning team of 1996 lets not fool ourselves. There is absolutely not much difference in the test playing teams in their ODI formats. It all matters to how each one fares in the WC.. rankings mean nothing if you dont live up to it.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (November 11, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

For the Indians who talk about 2003 WC, Why not talk about the 2007 WC which is the last world cup played? SL & BAN kicked your overrated team in the first round. How much did your 'god' SRT score in that match? And if you consider the last WC played which is the t20 WC in WI, SL again kicked India with Kapu whacking a 6 in the last ball. Yeah we've lost to Kenya, but Kenya is a team that also beat WI. Indians lost to an INEXPERIENCED ZIMBABWE team (minus Flowers, Streak etc) not once but twice in a row. "Why has Lanka won only one worldcup? 96 world cup win was a fluke" How many WCs has India won? only one isn't it? Oh and SL's win in 1996 is a fluke? really? is that the best you've got? hahahaha well I'll say India's WC win is also a fluke and India being number 1 is the biggest joke ever. @alex2012 : India is the worst cuz they can't play in bouncy pitches - ENG, WI, SA etc. We beat Aus in Aus didn't you watch the match or were you busy watching Dhoni's advert

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 11, 2010, 12:22 GMT)

@Marcian ha ha ha . It is funny to see ur comments you team won the cup in 75 and 79. LOL # In 2003 worldcup Kenya beat your team by 53 runs. (Kenya was not a test team at that time or now!) :P It is not a big embaressment to lose to a minows like Kenya! Also, For Your Info, India beat your team by 183 runs which is one of the best win in WC history. (Lanka bowled out for 109 only. what a shame!)

#1987 Cricket World Cup Lanka was a test playing nation but Sri Lanka lost all 6 matches.

# WI and England started playing cricket and they loast their way after 70's. Even Aus lost to BD in their homeground.That doen't meant that BD is the best team than AUS. If you think so, you are a dump.

#Why has Lanka won only one worldcup? 96 world cup win was a fluke!

Posted by alex2012 on (November 11, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

@Ahamed excuses of population and late enrty to test cricket is a funny excuse...sporting achievement by a team is not measured by its population but by their single minded approach,australia at present is so good in all sports bcoz of the excellent infrastructure as well as due to the players tough attitude,d u see any thing remotely related to population here? a bunch of thousand players is being coached and eleven player is choosen to form a team and a bunch of hundred player is being coached in the same environment and a team is being formed,who do u think will fare better?? one with better mental capabilities and attitude will win,does'nt matter whether the team is from a larger pool or less...the fact is SL is the worst faring subcontinent team when it comes to playing outside subcontinent and their records proves it beyond doubt

Posted by aussielankan on (November 11, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

there is 6points between 2-5th spots in the ranking. does it really matter whether your coming 2nd or 3rd. All the rankings mean is that Australia is still number 1 by 10 points!

Posted by spiritwithin on (November 11, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker..good excuse when u say that SL was not interested in cricket and thus got da test status late,giving lame excuses is very easy,the fact is india won more than SL and thus is a better team..regarding china playing football,well they started playing football fifty years back and not now and they r still olympics they fared so well in 2008 olympics bcoz they built massive infrastructure for sports and their sports system were very ruthless in executing the results and the same thing has been mentiomned by international media as well,their performance has nothing to with their population and has to do with their grit and determination and its execution ..and when india drew the test series with a depleted aus team??i have only this to say:boiling an egg for two minutes will give u the same result as boiling twenty eggs in two minutes bcoz whether u have one billion population or one million population the fact is only eleven will play against the opposition..

Posted by   on (November 11, 2010, 9:47 GMT)

@harsh_vardhan2002 , We did not travel to SA for a Decade,for AUS for only 3 or 4 times so far.But IND Played with them more often.If got a same opportunity we could have won easily.Further Last time umpire blunder prevent that we are wining.Later umpire apologized as well.That shows how we played in overseas.IND even lost to ZIM in abroad.Even BANG manage draw a match as well. @ Man007. If you talk about all the matches played by IND&SL it is worst.True I agree,but SL record is better than IND.Even IND lost to ZIM in test.BAN draw a match. for 790/3 played in 1950's not now.In 765/6 is declared on the last day secondsession my friend.But your Master Blaster is playing for record but not SL team.Further China now only palying those sports, in future they will show you.See there Olympic record.How there improvement.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2010, 6:29 GMT)

@spiritwithin. Yes we got our test status later,but not because of our inability. it shows our interest in the game.We are not interested those days that much about Cricket.Further sofar may be we won 5 or 6 matches.But what about IND?.....They too 7 or 8 maximum not more than that in resent years(after 1996).Why I said if Chaina played Cricket they are unbeatable.See there Olympic record.You know the answer.They just start to play Football, in future they will show to the world Who are they?...If AUS not intersed Why they played ODI series with SL?.Who are missing in the team(almost everybody playing in there ODI team).Why Ricky played in 2nd game?They need to win that match.In case if they win the 2nd,then ponting will play 3rd ODI as well for sure.Further IND drew the Test with there Depleted team.Who knows may be AUS not interested that series as well.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 11, 2010, 6:04 GMT)


Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 11, 2010, 4:47 GMT)

@ Ahamed Afker #Read the post carefully. Iam not talking about all the

matches you played. (It will be even worse!). I am talking about WorldCup

matches. Below information is from Wikipedia. Read and understand.-- Eight teams participated in the first (England/1975) tournament: Australia,

England, the West Indies, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan, together with Sri

Lanka and a composite team from East Africa. Cricket World Cup Appearances

:9 (from 1975 to 2007)-- #If population is the bench mark of sports and games, then China will be in the

top in all formats. Football, vollyball, rugby or even cricket! # It was a reply to someone's msg that India out of WC because of them and I replied India too did the same to them in WC! :P # 952/6- And you are able to win that game? Playing for records is a shame!

May be they are afraid that India will chase any score on 4th innings of the

test match! There are teams who declared on 790-3, 765-6 etc where 1000

was very easy!

Posted by sadSajith on (November 11, 2010, 2:15 GMT)

Hey Indians, Sri Lankan players are flat track bullies but only when they playing in sub-continent(Because sub-continent tracks are flat tracks).But what about 2007 world cup? (If you remember it was in West Indies.) What about white wash of England in 2006? What about series win in Australia? It's true some times Sri Lanka is not good at bouncy pitches.Because in Sri Lanka we doesn't have much bouncy pitches.But we aren't going to cry about it.You know why?Because we are not sharing Indian mindset about winning every match(Even Sri Lankan babies know if we are winning every match there is nothing interesting.).But remember these flat track bullies going to play ICC world cup in sub-continent flat tracks.About Indian team they are not flat track bullies but not even good in bouncy pitches.So what are they?

Posted by sadSajith on (November 11, 2010, 1:47 GMT)

@Abhishek Singh hey buddy,we are talking about cricket.There is 11 players in each team.(watch Wikipedia for more information about cricket. )

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

5-0 , 4-1 are you joking. India may be a good side but such good results are least expected.I feel that there is a slight chance of this series going to wire.

Posted by spiritwithin on (November 10, 2010, 16:57 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker & Marcian..if SL started playing tests only after 1982 its not anybody's fault and only shows that SL was not good enough before that and so dont give excuse that SL has got the test status much later then india..regarding india's 1billion population,well a teams sporting acheivement does'nt depend solely on its population and depends on many factors,if thats the case china would have been the best football team as well..and after 1996 when SL won the WC,SL was no longer a minnows and if u check the test results and odi's after 1996 its india who's leading SL....and though SL scored 952/6 its still a draw and SL did'nt won a single tests in india leave alone a series...and let me tell u this,SL won only 5 tests outside subcontnent,so no need of so much boasting,not to forget SL won against depleted aus team and not against full strength aus team bcoz they r more concerned with the ashes then the series against SL...

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

@Abhishek Singh. Earlier SL too played Test in Perth but never we got out for 100.Further we won T20 in Perth only not in some wherelse.That too when Nanns & Tait played.We won that convincingly.Our team is won somany matches without Mahela & Sanga. See the First ODI & even T20 against IND.We have somany batters who could bat lower down the order.You beat AUS when they declining only, not at there peak .No Macgrath,No Warnie.You played only with Bracken (New palyer that time),Lee,Brad William (Debutant),Stewart Clerk.So Not with full team.

Posted by CricketPissek on (November 10, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

nice to see SL back near the top. we've always been an awesome ODI team. imho SL does NOT deserve to be #1....yet. the cricket is faaar too inconsistent. and no champion team should have such a bad day at the office like that last match played at the Gabba. Also, let's not forget that SL lost to India and (cringe) England in the last ODI series we hosted! The good news is, the team looks very exciting and as long as they can continue to put the pressure on, we can become champions once again :) exciting times ahead!

Posted by muski on (November 10, 2010, 14:59 GMT)

Iam happy for Srilankan Cricket. They have never got their due nor will ever get their due. SL have to consistently win on Foreign Pitches and also change their pitches to more sportive ones ( otherwise Guys like Mahela may overtake Sachin by justing playing at SSC). With Mahela and Sanga at the wrong end of their age and with Murali not being around for all forms in a year or two, it will be interesting to watch how SL circket progresses.Except for Angelo Mathews, one does not really dont see any silver lining in terms of sheer cricketing talent.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

@Marcian You must also realize that Indian has won the world t20 6 months later, with a team that had rookies like RP Singh, Sreesanth, Joginder Sharma and the like. Sri Lankan fans boasting after beating an Aussie side that is only a (shadow of its former glory) cracks me up!

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

On a lighter note isn't cricinfo's tactics behind all these funda... by adding fuel to the fire between fans of sri lanka so tat they can get better site hits... Dunno whether it would be posted.. Seriously on a lighter note :) and lots of unidentified posts which are not sure from which country they are....

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 12:42 GMT)

Okay here is the deal.. if India wins, its a fluke... If Sri lanka wins, its greatest achievement...ICC test ranking is faulty but one day ranking is absolutely spot on jus because Sri lanka is ahead of India.. Indian players are arrogant but a keeper who appeals for a wide to distract umpire and budding off spinner and dashing opener to stop well deserved century by cheapest of cheap methods are all great ambassadors of cricket.. The only way Sri lanka wins a world cup is either in dream or Kumara dharmasena should be both on field and third umpire in all of the sri lankan matches...

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 11:40 GMT)

How Long will it take sri lanka to regain the first.

My count down is with in next world cup.

Of course SL can beat WI easily.

It will be on responding to the right challenge..

sanga is having the best crew now to do it. It is great to see malinga is resting for the WI tests & he know where to hit. Why not Aravinda is also there to recall his sweet memories of 96.

Good luck guys..

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

Abhishek Singh November 10 at 5:08pm dear mr shiv as an srilankan supporter u know that if sanga and jaywardene are out early in there innings . ur team cant cross more than 150. some ecception in 100 innings.if they beat india in 2011 world cup i will do wt u want to do . but i assured u ur lankan team cant enter quater final for sure in this world cup. play test in australia u cant get 100 in perth .we win at perth with full aussie team.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 11:04 GMT)

I dont think the Srilankans won the series convincingly enough.. take for the instance the first match where they were able to win because of a huge partnership for the 9th wicket.. look what happened at the third match.. their batting collapsed again.. you cant expect malinga to score in every match!!

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 10:36 GMT)

@nlambda. We are No 4 earlier then we beat no 2team (IND) two consecutive matches and win the title as well.Further AUS is the no1 ODI team.We beat them in AUS.So that is how SL became no 2 now. But still I don't agree this Ranking whether SL is one or two.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 9:55 GMT)

@Man007. You have mentioned IND win 32 outof 58,where SL win 25 ou of 57.We start to play Cricket from 1982 where IND playing since 1932.Now tell which team is superior.Everybody know the answer.If SL start to play since 1932 then now nobody can even think about to win against SL.Further IND is second largest populaed counrty (more than 1 Billion).Where as SL tiny island where only four cities playing competitive cricket.If Chaina play Cricket since 1932 according to there population no body can beat them for sure.Further SL too beat IND in WC matches in IND itself.Do you remember how Kambly cried.Perhap IND scored 373/6 (one of the highest)but where SL 952/6 againts your team which is Highest ever in Test.

Posted by TATTUs on (November 10, 2010, 9:42 GMT)


why dont you start your own cricket league. SL only team there and make them number 1 .LOL

SL has won only 5 tests, ONLY 5 TESTS outside subcontinent! Number one in tests. LOL!

Posted by Marcian on (November 10, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

Mano007 - you make me roll on the floor and laugh with your worldcup statistics; SL has done really well considering for the first two worldcups in 1975 and 1979 we were ICC associate members only, so thanks for the stats. For your information, SL beat India at the 1975 worldcup when we were not playing TEST cricket at that time, a big embaressment for Inida to lose to an associate member in 1975: India has been playing TEST cricket for 60 plus years and Sri Lanka only 28 years. Why has India won only one worldcup? 83 world cup win was a fluke! The Indian team of 83 toured the West Indies shorty after and got hammered 5-0...have you forgotten? Indian team is media hyped, over rated and over paid! LOL.

Posted by Da-Silva1996 on (November 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

@ sacin-is-life.No the rankings don't make sense because Sri Lanka should be no.1 both in ODI's and Tests.Dont worry though, that will soon be rectified in the near future when the Super Sri Lankan Team starts conquering all across the planet.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 7:18 GMT)

which team is going to break dhoni's leading ability and tactics, that team will win WC2011. so it is open like MS.Dhoni Vs all teams. but it is very hard to break. he is the most successful caption right now eventhough with his poor bowling attck.

Posted by Marcian on (November 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT)

Mr Sai Prasad, perhaps you're the one who has forgotten that we made the finals of the 2007 world cup without Aravinda, Arjuna and please stick to the point. By the way, Jayasuriya is not even in th tean so dont talk about him.What happened to the Indian tream at the last world cup 2007? can you please explain? knocked out of the first round even losing to lowly Bangladesh. India will be facing Bangladesh again at the next world cup...c'mon Bangla tigers show them again! Mr snowsnake, India cant annouce the team one day before the wroldcup; there are rules and regulations and teams must be annouced before a specific date set by ICC...please get to know about the finer nuances of cricket.

Posted by nlambda on (November 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT)

@Sach_is_Life: very funny remark! SL players and fans were acting sceptical of ICC rankings till last month and now they are embracing them and jumping for joy!! Really hilarious. Hope they don't stop believing as and when the ranking goes down.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

Here is the summary of played matches between SL and Ind. Year span 2000-2010 Matches:66 Won (SL):27 Won (ind):33 by looking at thess figures, there is no much different even SL has bad results in India. So who is the superior team?

Posted by cric-king on (November 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

mr ahmad uetian, u are forgetting that the indian players were born and brought up on the sub continent pitches. So the fact that they will be low on confidence doesn't make any sense. As far as the test players go, i don't see vvs laxman getting picked for the world cup and rahul dravid is a 50/50 chance. So the team won't change much. But i cant believe u think the indian players will struggle in the world cup considering how good they are when they play in asia. You know what they say, its hard to beat a team at home because they are so accustomed to the conditions. So i suggest you rethink ur summary and get ur facts straight. thanks

Posted by Meety on (November 10, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

@givemefood - LOL "For the upcoming world cup, the only 4 teams to watch out for are SL, Eng, Pak, and India". No Oz hey, hmm, 3 time defending W/Cup champions not good enough hey? Favouries in order are; 1. Oz, 2. SL (firming well, Matthews the fav. for player of the cup), 3. Sth Africa (fading slightly - although Amla could be the star of the W/Cup), 4. India (if they were ever going to win another W/C now is the time). The best outsider to win is Pakistan, if Aamir plays & Younis & Mo Yousuf find form again, I think they would be 2nd favourite. @harsh_vardhan2002 - are you serious??? Nice Hash in your part of the world! @_NEUTRAL_Fan_ - agreed on all counts, I think Sanga is my favourite non-Oz player. @NP_NY - I agree about "...only brave men can acknowledge someone else is better..." - but I see a fair few Indians whinging about the rankings here. @indian11376 - LOL - you must be joking! Point of order- what would happen if I wished for a Non-Asian side to win, or a White team?

Posted by Bang_La on (November 10, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

wait and see till the NZ OD series starts. NZ will expose Indian batting skeleton :)

Posted by Bang_La on (November 10, 2010, 4:53 GMT)

Sharad Powar should put all his 450 lbs weight to abolish the ICC (India sponsored) ranking. If India is not on the top of the list, what this freaking ranking is needed for?

Posted by PremasiriS on (November 10, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

However the incompetent authorities of recent times have always wanted to play some very ordinary players who have lesser skills than the two blessed players for unknown reasons and above all they were allowed to bat as frontline batsmen. They the authorities have had no concern what so ever of Prestige & Dignity of the Country. To win an ODI tournament involving 7 matches, the frontline batsman should have ability to maintain consistency rate of 5 out of 7 innings i.e. he should score 50 runs or more at least in 5 innings ( that is what Hashan Aravinda,Mahanama,& Arjuna did in 1996) but with these favorite players of Authorities who struggled to win the Tri-Nation tournament in Bangladesh in 2009 involving Zimbabwe & lost five home series to England once ,India thrice and Pakistan once in recent times, we could have end up at the Bottom in the final play list .

Posted by PremasiriS on (November 10, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

We cannot win matches by picking sons of some influential persons and overrated players who are yet to learn how to play the ball all along the ground right from the middle of the bat at will. It is disgusting to watch these two highly blessed players with 900 odd International innings between them struggle when they have got caught on a difficult wicket. I would like to invite all supporters of these two to verify their ODI statistics in their early careers before commenting things in their favor. The scoring of 50 runs without offering risky strokes is more precious for the team than scoring a 200 with 101 chances. We need 1or2 Tendulkar like batsmen or modern-day front line batsmen the likes of Jonathan Trot of England, Hashim Amla, AB de Viliers,.. who have no complications in their stroke play. …(to be contd)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 10, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

@ Marcian , for your info: After your Worldcup win in 1996 Lanka crashed out of the tournament with a big loss of 158 runs.India scored 373/6 which is still one of the highest scores in WC. So, do not be dump.

Posted by PremasiriS on (November 10, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

We are ranked No 2 is not because of the batting skills of Mahela, Sangakkara ,Chamara Silva,Kapugedara, Mubarak or Khandamby but for the young batsmen who have joined the team recently and have maintained consistency with their perfect technique (Technique is not all about style but the batsman's ability to play the ball all along the ground right from the middle of the bat when it is really necessary, with vast array of strokes) from their schooldays and the promotion of quality batsmen like Dilshan (who have been given license to bat like an insane man) from middle order to a frontline. One cannot always bats like a mad dog with risky strokes to win matches. For situation like in the 3rd ODI on 07 XI 10 we should have picked quality batsmen to bat at No 3, 4 & 5 positions in particular who have had maintained consistency from the age of 15 years the likes of Thlan Samaraweera, Khausal Silva Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanna, Dimuth Karunarathna…(to be contd)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 10, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

ICC ranks are not true, isn't it? It was like that before this tour! ha ha ha If your team is at the top, it is fair. LOL.

@Marcian If India's win was a fluke , so as Lanka's. You do not have anything better to show than ours. We too in the finals 1 time, Semi 2 times . Also India won 32 out of 58 in WC and Lanka won 25 out of 57. So think which team is hyped. :P Yourhyped team will not even qualify for the second stage this time!.

Posted by visualdp on (November 10, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

Very Well deserved for SL. They really doing well & one of the top favorite for WC 2011. Many Indians cannot bear about other countries achievements in Cricket, specially sub continent cricketing nations. And once again they opened their loose mouths here in SL cricket page. Very funny to watch. Whatever they say, we know what SL can do in big stages of Cricket. Ok let the best team to win the WC 2011. SL is the most favorite for it surely... :)

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

@Abhishek Singh. We too thrased you in WC2007 first round itself.I never forget 54 IND inning in Sharjah (where we won by 245 runs) in which SRT also played.Do you remember how our Sanath & Kalu played very own ground Delhi Kotla?......We too brake your batters head if we bowl first.So stop bashing.

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (November 10, 2010, 3:59 GMT) seems like..All of a sudden ICC rankings starts making sense 2 some of our neighbors lol ..Anyway ...Gud Job SL ..!!

Posted by RXSrilanka on (November 10, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

Congrats SL and don't loose your head now and go and win the world cup for SL. This is your best chance with a very balanced team. Aussie's will definitely struggle here and if SL can not win I wish India win so the cup is returned to Asia.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 2:50 GMT)

@lananad perhaps you have forgotten about Asia cup 2010 when India had beaten SL twice including the final, that too in SL. Just in case you have not noticed Ranatunga, Aravinda, Kalu, Vaas have retired from the game and Jayasuriya is in horrible form.

Posted by Marcian on (November 10, 2010, 1:34 GMT)

Mr. Abhishek Singh, you conveniently forget that in the last world cup 2007, Sri Lanka beat India and you guys were knocked out of the first dont shout too much about India's chances at the next worldcup. India will falter again like what happened in 87 and 96 world cups which were held in the Indian subcontinent. The point is when it comes to the worldcup, Sri Lanka plays brilliantly - worldcup winners in 96, finalist in 2007 and semi-finalist in 2003. India last won in 83 which was a fluke...a flash in the pan - and made the finals in 2003, semi finalist in 96. Too much media hype and expectations from 1b fans will play on the minds of the Indian expect India to crash out early in the 2011 world cup.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 9, 2010, 23:56 GMT)

For people discussing delay in India's WC team selection. India can select their final team 1 day before the WC starts. Since the WC will be played in India, it is not like players need to get Visa for travel where selection of team may be necessary several days/months before WC starts. What makes India strong is the availabilty of players to replace injured players. At home they will have more choices than if India were playing abroad. Other teams cannot react well to player's injuries as well as India can.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

mr lananad india beat more time than u think rewind ur self 2003 w cup 5 /1 in odi. cant forgate delhi pitch we will broke ur players jaw and head . so kep quite

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 19:53 GMT)

I believe SL deserves to be on top with their legends performing alongwith inspired youngsters. Murlitharan, Malinga, Sangakara, Parera, etc. are really playing well. All the best to SL for the forthcoming WC.

Posted by india.cricket_lover on (November 9, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

on a given day,any team is capable of beating any top team....acc to me, india,lanka,australia, are slightly better placed in the nxt year's w.cup as compared to pakistan,england.n.zealand n windies....but on the given day,any surprises can happen coz after the group stage,it goes to knock out stage and there just 5 bad overs can kick a team out of all teams are dangerous under this format..

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

Let me predict clearly for you the fate of INDIA in World cup which is nothing less than horrible. India is digging a deep hole for themselves and no one will mind them falling into it. All the world teams have finalized their 16 players and importantly final 12 players for for the world cup and are consistently playing them in 3 4 succesive ODIs tournaments preferably on Asian Pitches to acclimate them for Asian conditions and to keep them in finest ODI match form.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

Whereas India still hasn't finalized World Cup team. It is playing youngsters in all home series ODI whom it will discard for World Cup and bring the fine test players in world cup. India is still focussing heavily on test matches and playing its finest players only in Test. India is gonna play its final team in only one tournament before world cup in SA bouncy conditions. In SA these batsmen will find it hard to score and consequently will be very low on confidene when they enter into world cup. This will leave their batsmen totally unacclimatized to Asian ODI conditions, very short of ODI match practice and very low on confidence which is the last thing India wants. What India should have done was to play its main team for all ODI tournaments in Asian conditions (for which ICC had given them enough series , India took least advantage of those) and played youngsters and second string team in tests and other non asian ODI tournaments.

Posted by indian11376 on (November 9, 2010, 17:30 GMT)

Looking after last one year performance, I would say that either Sri-lanka, South Africa or India can make it to finals, becoz pakistan is no-where in picture due to match fixing scandal, West indies without Pollard & Chris Gayle are handicapped, New Zealand after a humiliating series defeat agaist Bangladesh and aussies due to lack of form and internal disputes among young and senior cricketers are out of consideration..... But, World Cup is all together is different ball game, one shocking defeat against minnows like Zimbabwe or Bangladesh can change the entire calculations.. India and Sri lanka will definitely have home advantage.. lets wait and watch...

Posted by lananad on (November 9, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

Srilanka always perform well in key tournaments like World cups. So watch out even though they don't have a good recoed in India ,They have always won key games. Beating India twice in 96 WOrld cup in India,winning the Indian indipendence cup in 97.

Posted by Tiptop32 on (November 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

Hope the loud mouth loser Sanga won't crib on India's #1 position in Test cricket. Anyway congrats to SL team for reaching #2.

Posted by Baundele on (November 9, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

These days there is no dominant team. Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England - they are capable of winning against each other. Bangladesh will join the force very soon. West Indies and New Zeland are declining rapidly. And Pakistan may find themselves in a difficult situation with all the politics. Talent alone can not save one for long.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 16:10 GMT)

Yeah i accept wit Bollo. . .Its very much true. . .Australia r stil one of d favorites but but India in sub-continent is vry dangerous even wit out d lights of sachin. . .So i strongly bank on d INDIANS to lift d world cup tis time. . .And i'm a big fan of srilankan cricket too. . .Specially wit d way tey play. . .Lights of murali, jayasurya, malinga n mathews r pure gentlemen in d game. . .No offense guys. . .Its either India or srilanka who r favorites in sub continent. . .But srilanka has a poor record in india which play play a big part too. . .Lay d best team win. . .

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka who can come to World No 1 after the 2011 world cup.

Posted by Herath-UK on (November 9, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

I think it is Sri Lanka India final and on the day,it is anybody's guess To Sriva Ramani, India sneaked the test win from jaws of defeat. It is a sign of a good team where they win from defeat, therefore credit to Sri Lanka winning the 1 ODI.When you are not good you lose from the jaws of a win! Ranil Herath Kent

Posted by indikap74 on (November 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT)

Rankings will depend on how each company find their success in each game they face Without any argument Australians have proved that they are consisting in all times . There could be ups and downs but their cricket structure will answer this very quickly. Based on this your current time and future will be decided.

If you are talking about current situation yes Australians are going through bit difficult time. This will affect their world cup dreams.

India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia are the competitors of this world cup. If the pitch conditions are 50/ 50 ( not purely bating pitches as well not purely bowling pitches )then Sri Lanka has the definite advantage over the other teams.

Posted by kashif_435 on (November 9, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

ENGLAN, INDIA or SRI-LANKA ..... could be any ones cup

Posted by NP_NY on (November 9, 2010, 15:07 GMT)

As an Indian fan, it is nice to see so many of my co-Indian fans acknowledge SL's supremacy in one day cricket and give credit where it is due. I am proud of you guys! On the contrary, I just read the SL fans comments in a different article (titled 'Team could be one of India's greatest' - Kirsten) about India's No.1 ranking in test cricket and for some reason they seem to disagree with India's supremacy in test cricket. I've seen the same pattern in the Comments for other articles as well. I guess only brave men can acknowledge someone else is better :).

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (November 9, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

@givemefood. I have great respect for Sanga, he is a great spokesperson. It is persons like you who are immature. Sanga says something you disagree with and guys like you are all over him. He has a right to his opinion and he is more knowledgeable about the game than you, me or the press that is there to stir up nonsense. Anyway, on the topic, Sri Lanka are in good ODI form and are definite contenders for the WC, the rankings are a great indication of form.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 9, 2010, 14:38 GMT)

@Bollo: You are talking entitlements. No one is entitled to be on top. Top ranking has to be earned. SL earned its #2 rank and Australia has to perform to preserve its #1 rank. No country is entitled to any particular rank for Australia may very well lose next 3 world cups.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 9, 2010, 14:33 GMT)

dont worry ind will win 5-0 against nz then get no 1 simple as that

Posted by andrew.henshaw on (November 9, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

Only teams who have a genuine chance of winning the world cup are the top 5 (Aus/SL/India/SouthAfrica/England - and in that order most probably). Having said that, the format is so ridiculous that any top 8 just needs to string 3 games together to win...

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 9, 2010, 14:24 GMT)

WC2011 has a rather "open" format. once you make the Quarter-finals a team is 3 wins away from the title. i guess this will be one of the more balanced world cups with no Definite favorites unline in 2003 and 2007 where everyone in reality knew aus were going to win it.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

I think we did a very smart thing leaving Ajantha Mendis behind for the Aussie tour, coz we still have to play them in a group match at the WC. Pakistanis and Indians might have figured him out but not Australia.

Posted by Waterboy_sixs on (November 9, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

I still support the great Aussies and hey will be the world cup winners for this time as well. But we can not the talents and all rounder abilities of the Lankan Lions, more genuine, committed and they are great and all together it is different class.

Posted by siriherath on (November 9, 2010, 13:50 GMT)

To an extent agee with Mr. Ramani. Whilst I am delighted with how far SL have come; when they had to be content with just the 1 test match as a test nation whereas Zimbabwe and even Banglkadesh weren't. However, in all sincerity I am not at ease with SL's code of cricketing conduct as they could buckle down so lamely and just as easily. SL didn't overwhelme Australia by any means: a near miracle show by Ang and Lasith saved the blushes and rain and the intervening D/L did the trick in the next game. Withstanding any team can face a batting debacle, SL's problem seems to be that players never seem to learn from mistakes. Far more worrying is that some seniors are the worst offenders. In addition to his batting genius, Sangakkara seems to have the knack of getting out to the silliest of strokes every time when he is well set! This is even more inexplicable than Dilshan's inability to evade the hook shot, which opponents use to lure him so ridiculously easily.

Posted by A_HTIMAN on (November 9, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

@Ryan South Africa lost 2 matches to the team ranked 7th in ODI rankings.. so they loose 4 points (you can't gain much by beating the 7th ranked team). Australia lost to no.2 ranked team. so they lost only 2 Viva Sri Lanka they really deserve it. One more step to go

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 13:27 GMT)

Don't worry about Indians they are busy with Harbajans 100.If they became number one then they would come hard on others.Before the New Zealand test match they(Indians) were thinking this is a walk in the park.But now they may have to resolve some problems both batting and balling.Well done New Zealand.Give a good run while Indians talk big about Harbajans 100.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 13:14 GMT)

I Agree to Ramani But Sri Lanka will be favourites to win the WC 2011

Posted by mafiasam on (November 9, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

Indian fans care abt the rankings a lot, and they know if a team is on top. it is there for a reason.. so we know srilanka is a better ODI team than us at the moment, maybe the immature lankans shud also admit that India deserves its top test ranking, and not crib like their immature captain, coz India saves/wins more games than in the past and better than any other team. Regarding WC, i feel India and SL are very strong contenders, but they have to beat their nemesis Australia, for it is Australia that has beaten the 3 sub-continental teams in last 2 world cups to take the trophy, and they are still force to reckon with in ODIs, but they need to find a better replacement for Ponting than Clarke who actually looks a Pup.

Posted by Adhiqarie on (November 9, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

SL...All da way...Yahoooooooooooo!!!!!!

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 9, 2010, 12:56 GMT)

Sri Lanka has risen in the rankings most deservedly. I feel they will win the World Cup. They seem to have a man for all occasions whether it is bowling or batting and their fielding is excellent. Under Sangakarra who is like Aravinda Dsilva in regard to his all round batting skills, I feel Sri Lanka will win the World Cup. They have the one and only Malinga as the pace spearhead who not very many batsmen in the world can play with any assurance. In Randiv they have a very good off spinner and in Chandimal a future star. Taranga is solid and a good stroke player.Their rise seems to have started and I feel glory awaits them in 2011.

Posted by Gizza on (November 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

Damindu, India, England and South Africa have beaten Australia in Australia in ODI's in recent times. So Sri Lanka is not in an exclusive group. Four teams have done this so it is not as great an achievement as it would have been around ten years ago.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

I still see aussies as the best contender for the upcoming WC.They are still no. 1 ranked ODI team.They seem to be mentally under pressure right now. But they are Aussies , and are known to perform when it matters the most.Remind you ,they had similar lean patch ahead of 2007 WC . Sri Lanka and India may be the second and third favourites considering the great run of form they seem to be in at the moment.I'd love to see Asian clinch the title this time.I reckon the main obstacle in their pursuit of the title , even this time , would of course be Aussies.So Asians, beware of Aussies! And GOOD LUCK!

Posted by ns_krishnan on (November 9, 2010, 12:12 GMT)

Sri Lanka are my favorites for the World Cup. They have a good batting line-up and the best bowling attack in sub-continental conditions.

Posted by shaileshij on (November 9, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

i think the 1st four team of the table is going to win the worldcup

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 12:04 GMT)

Srilanka almost lost their first match losing eight wickets.. you cannot expect malinga to perform with his bat in every match.. take for example the last match. The series could have gone 2-1 Australia's way. So we cannot say that the Srilankan team is a good form

Posted by givemefood on (November 9, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

SL certainly deserves to be in top 3 in Tests and ODI. As an Indian I don't care for the SL team because of Sanga's immature mouth and Dilshan's insipid antics. However, they do have excellent Batsmen, all rounders, and Bowlers. For the upcoming world cup, the only 4 teams to watch out for are SL, Eng, Pak, and India. PAK are fighters and Indians have home advantage (even though they have poor spinners and all rounders).

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

SL are the main team to win this World Cup 2011... India are 75 % bt if u see the rating or form , SL hav 90% chances of winning this Cup,

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

I think srilanka deserve d position they r in. They hav played to their potential n their young players hav come to d party more often than not. They have a good all round attack. Strong contenders 4 world cup indeed...

Posted by Rafah-11 on (November 9, 2010, 11:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka is always famous for their agressive play. They showed that in Australia.

Posted by addiemanav on (November 9, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

well i dont really hav anything against the rankings!!contrary to the ppl who feel that insensitive indian fans will not buy the rankings,i think sri lankans deserve it..the indian team in ODIs is not as strong as they are in tests,& need to do a lot of work if they want to reach up the ladder.SL is actually the strongest candidate to win the world cup even ahead of aus,ind and sa..and this is where i think they will feel the pressure!!

Posted by Bollo on (November 9, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

Whatever the rankings say, if you`ve won the last 3 World Cups you pretty much deserve to be on top.

Posted by Chiranjaya on (November 9, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

sri lankan cricket team is the best :)

Posted by svalson on (November 9, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

Consistency is reflected in the rankings. Nothing more. Best or not is a matter of opinion. World Cups and other tournaments are otherwise a waste of time. A low ranked Pakistan or New Zealand is just as capable as any to beat the better sides. Peace..All cricket lovers.

Posted by VirendraRajapakse on (November 9, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

Sri Lanka will soon make it to no1. Wish them luck

Posted by yohandf1984 on (November 9, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

Well done guys ! it s remarkable journey to achieve no 2 from bneing at no 7 an year ago. surely we can either maintain or climb up to top , if we can hv a bit more consistancy . all the best in world cup , Sri Lanka kollo wasai !

Posted by Cricomment on (November 9, 2010, 10:49 GMT)

@Chatz07 - Haven't you already made it? The small-country-complex syndrome. Make a name competing with their bigger neighbors. Sri Lanka did well to reach the #2 spot. Why can't you stop at that?

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 10:35 GMT)

Can anybody explain why Australia lose a series and go down by 2 points (they were on 130) and South Africa wins a series and goes down by 4 points?

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 10:12 GMT)

Something wrong with rankings when you get beaten at home and are still 10 points clear at the top

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

sri lanka beat Australia in Australia but sri lanka not top on ranking

Posted by Chatz07 on (November 9, 2010, 9:20 GMT)

I cant wait to see, how many indians will comment and make this also a battle ground of india Sri Lanka. Anyhow congrats to Sri Lanka for a good job. Hope everyone is happy and that accept the ratings for what it is.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

seeing Sri Lanka's form India really need to buck up and play to their potentials. A slump in the ODI series like the one in the second innings in the first test can really cause them many reasons to worry.India has only 2 ODI series left ahead of them before the start of the world cup.They have to really play very good and expose all the hidden talent in their domestic circuit before the world cup..Chak de! India!

Posted by TATTUs on (November 9, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

The top teams are the top contenders for the WC. Sri Lanka leaving no stone unturned in preparation for the WC.

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