Dubai: Jan 9, 2014
India will have to beat New Zealand in the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series to retain their top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings as Australia and England have a chance to topple Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men from the perch.
Australia was last ranked No 1 in July 2012, only to be overtaken by England who held the top position till December 2012.
Australia and England’s rise to the top position however, is dependent on how India fare in their five-match series against host New Zealand, which begins on January 19 in Napier.
For both England and Australia to go top, they would not just need wins themselves but also hope that New Zealand gets the better of India.
In the bowlers’ list, Ravindra Jadeja is the highest-ranked Indian at sixth followed by Ravichandran Ashwin at the 16th position after going up a rung. Jadeja is also the best among the Indians in the all-rounders’ list at the fifth spot.
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