Thursday, June 25, 2009

India can step up to second rank

India have a great chance to climb up the ladder in the ODI rankings if they put up a good show in the West Indies.

After the tremendous excitement and massive success of the ICC World Twenty20 2009, focus now shifts to the 50-over format when the West Indies and India go head to head in the four-match series with the latter needing a clean sweep to go into second position in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table.

India currently sits with Australia on 122 ratings points but behind Ricky Ponting's men in third place by a fraction of a point. However, if India sweeps the series, it will gain one rating point which will allow it to claim second place in the championship for the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2002.
India is 32 ratings points ahead of eighth-placed the West Indies and that gap means it is expected to win the series comfortably. If it fails to do so then its rating will suffer and it will lose one point to drop behind Australia even if it secures a 3-1 success. A 2-2 draw series will put India on 119 ratings points and a 4-0 defeat will drop it to 116 ratings points, just four points ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

In contrast, the West Indies, which will start the series on 90 ratings points, will gain nine ratings points in case of a 4-0 series win to narrow the gap with seventh-placed Sri Lanka by six points. A 3-1 series win will lift it to 96 ratings points, a 2-2 draw series will take it to 93 ratings points and a 3-1 loss will leave it on 91 ratings points. The West Indies will concede two ratings points if India wins all the matches of the series.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Dhoni leads the field but Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh are breathing down his neck as only 46 points separate number-one-ranked Dhoni from fourth-placed Yuvraj.
Gautam Gambhir (16th) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (19th) are the other batsmen from either side inside the top 20.

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