Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the series © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the series © Getty Images

Dubai: 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. ALSO READ: Ajinkya Rahane content with India’s young and balanced side for tour of Zimbabwe

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, overtaking Ireland to the 10th spot, with India sliding to the fifth spot with 109.

The ICC ODI team rankings: (In order of rank, team, rankings)
1 Australia 129
2 India 115
3 New Zealand 112
4 South Africa 112
5 Sri Lanka 106
6 England 98
7 Bangladesh 93
8 West Indies 88
9 Pakistan 87
10 Ireland 50
11 Zimbabwe 44
12 Afghanistan 41