India must beat Zim to remain 2nd in ODI rankings
India must win all three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Zimbabwe to retain their second place in the ODI rankings, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release said on Wednesday.
India face hosts Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series from Friday. Second-ranked India (115 points) lead 11th-ranked Zimbabwe (44) by 71 ratings, making them the overwhelming favourites to win the series 3-0, failing which India will drop down the list.
A 3-0 win for India will help them maintain their second ranked position with 115 points. A 2-1 win for India will see them drop two points but maintain their second spot, and a 1-2 loss will mean India surrender four points and go down to fourth.
A 3-0 win for Zimbabwe will help them jump to 52 points.
The ICC ODI team rankings: (In order of rank, team, rankings) Australia 129, India 115, New Zealand 112, South Africa 112, Sri Lanka 106, England 98, Bangladesh 93, West Indies 88, Pakistan 87, Ireland 50, 11 Zimbabwe 44, Afghanistan 41.