India are in a strong position to grab the top slot of ICC ODI ranking chart during the Sri Lanka tri-series next month as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is now just one point behind South Africa at second place after the annual rankings update on Sunday.
Dhoni’s team jumped ahead of Australia, who are third at 119 points, with 126 points to their kitty after the annual update ensured that the ODI table reflects recent form and older results discarded.
Once a year, the rankings change overnight without any new ODIs necessarily being played.
India’s rise in this year’s update reflects their outstanding record during the past 12 months.
The chart now reflects all ODIs that took place since August 1 two years ago. All matches played until the start of next August will be added to this table, so by then the ratings will be based on three years of results.
Next August, the first year of results will be dropped and this pattern is repeated each August, with the oldest of the three years of results removed to be gradually replaced by results of matches played over the following 12 months.
England (111) jump two spots to fourth as New Zealand drop to fifth (110) and Pakistan (107) sixth following the annual update.
Even if India fail to topple South Africa in Sri Lanka, it can become ODI number one team after the September-October ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the ICC ODI batting list is still headed by the Indian duo of Dhoni in first place and Yuvraj Singh in second position.
Virender Sehwag (7th), Sachin Tendulkar (14th) and Gautam Gambhir (17th) are the other two Indians among the top 20.
In the bowling list still headed by Sri Lankan Nuwan Kulasekara, Zaheer Khan is the only Indian in the top-20 at 16th.