In the latest annual update of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s ODI Rankings, India has slipped to 3rd position while Australia has successfully retained their No.1 spot, improving their rating from 113 to 118. Even though at the top, Australia is facing stiff competition from Pakistan and India, who are trailing closely with 116 and 115 points, respectively.
Pakistan did manage to reach the No.1 spot on May 5, just last week, before they lost the final ODI of their home series against New Zealand, thus falling behind Australia once again. With only three points separating Australia, Pakistan, and India, a riveting competition for the top spot is expected in this World Cup year.
Prior to the update, Australia held the lead with 113 points, with India just behind on decimal count. Pakistan had secured third place with 112 points and briefly topped the charts after triumphing in the fourth ODI against New Zealand this month. Had they managed to secure a 5-0 clean sweep against New Zealand, Pakistan could have sustained their top position even post-update.
In this annual update, the matches from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 were excluded. Consequently, England and New Zealand, the finalists from four years ago, have lost points. New Zealand now stands at fourth position with 104 points, 11 points behind India, while England has slipped to fifth position with 101 points.
South Africa and Bangladesh have maintained their sixth and seventh positions respectively. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has leapfrogged past Sri Lanka and the West Indies to secure the eighth position. The top eight teams have already qualified directly for this year’s World Cup.
India Ranking in T20, ODIs and Tests
In the T20 rankings, India holds the top position, having played 52 matches, and accumulated 13,889 points, which translates to a remarkable rating of 267. The Indian cricket team is currently in the third position in the ODI rankings. They have played 33 matches, earning 3,807 points, and have a rating of 115. In the Test format, India, once again, reigns supreme at the top of the list, with 25 matches under their belt, and a total of 3,031 points, which gives them a superior rating of 121.