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India can still regain the number one spot this month

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If Australia win both their matches against England then they would retain their number one status irrespective of India’s performance © Getty Images

With the defeat against New Zealand in the second One-Day International, India has slipped to the second position in the ICC rankings behind Australia. Abhishek Mukherjee explains why the Australians should not cheer till this month gets over.

It was one of those surreal days where Australians had expressed their support for their Trans-Tasman neighbours throughout the day on social media. The Kiwis are their traditional ‘local’ rivals, but a New Zealand win would mean that India would slip to the second position, helping them reach the top spot.

Following their defeat India has slipped to the second spot with 117 points, slipping marginally below Australia, who now lead with 118. However, this does not mean the end of the world for the Indians or long-lasting glory for the Kangaroos: their positions may flip in this month.

How? Let us have a look:

Aus vs Eng

Ind vs NZ

After series

After series

Currently 3-0

Currently 0-2

Australia

India

Australia England India New Zealand Points Rank Points Rank
Case 1

3

2

0

5

115

1

114

2

Case 2

3

2

1

4

115

2

115

1

Case 3

3

2

2

3

115

2

117

1

Case 4

3

2

3

2

115

2

118

1

Case 5

4

1

0

5

117

1

114

2

Case 6

4

1

1

4

117

1

115

2

Case 7

4

1

2

3

117

1

117

2

Case 8

4

1

3

2

117

2

118

1

Case 9

5

0

0

5

119

1

114

2

Case 10

5

0

1

4

119

1

115

2

Case 11

5

0

2

3

119

1

117

2

Case 12

5

0

3

2

119

1

118

2

To put things in a nutshell:

  •  If Australia lose both their remaining matches India needs to win one of their remaining three matches to regain the top spot; and
  •  If Australia win one of their matches India has to win all three matches to be back to number one.

However, if Australia win both their matches against England then they would retain their number one status irrespective of India’s performance.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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