India have lost the first two ODIs against New Zealand © Getty Images
India have lost the first two ODIs against New Zealand © Getty Images


Jan 22, 2014


India slipped to the second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Rankings for Teams in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) when they lost the second ODI to New Zealand by 15 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method at Hamilton on Wednesday. Australia have replaced India at the top spot.


Australia, who are currently leading their five-match series against England by 3-0, needed a margin of 3-2 to topple India from the top spot. At the same time, New Zealand were required to beat India by a margin of 3-2 or better, which would have worked in favour of Australia.


If India manage to win the remaining three matches in the ODI series, they would come back to the top spot again. If India lose the series, starting Sunday in Napier, they will lose their numero uno status and as many as six ratings points.


India have occupied the top spot in ODIs since January 2013, when they had replaced England.


According to PTI, for New Zealand, a series win against India by any margin will mean that it will push up a place to seventh, ahead of West Indies. A series loss for New Zealand, however, will not make any difference to its position on the rankings table.


If India do not manage to win the series against New Zealand, either Australia or England could stake a claim on the number-one rank.