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India maintain No. 3 position in ICC ODI rankings

 The Hawk |  2016-06-28 06:56:14.0  0  Comments

DUBAI: India maintained their number three position in the recently released MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings which is headed by world champions Australia. With 110 rating points in their kitty, India are placed below Australia (123) and second-placed New Zealand (113). Australia have retained their number-one ranking following their 58-run victory over the West Indies in the final of the tri-series in Barbados on Monday, but South Africa have dropped behind India in fourth place after they failed to reach the summit clash. South Africa's three loses and one no-result meant they have dropped two points to join India on 110 points, but behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point. The biggest gainer from the tri-series is the West Indies, which have retained their seventh ranking but more importantly they have gained six points to open up a seven-point advantage over eighth-ranked Pakistan. If this is read in the context that England plus seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, then this is a significant improvement. Sri Lanka and England, which are in the midst of their ODI series, have also swapped places after three matches with England moving ahead of Sri Lanka. The first game had ended in a thrilling tie and England won the second match by 10 wickets, while the third was abandoned due to rain. The final two matches of the series will be played on June 29 and July 2, which means England have an opportunity to strengthen their fifth position while Sri Lanka have a chance to regain their fifth spot. In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India's Virat Kohli is placed second while Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan occupy the sixth and eighth positions respectively. South Africa's AB de Villiers has continued to lead the ODI batsmen chart while his countryman Hashim Amla is placed third. Meanwhile, no Indian features in the top 10 of the ODI bowlers' rankings which is headed by West Indian Sunil Narine, followed by New Zealand's Trent Boult and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest placed Indian in the 11th spot. In the ODI all-rounders rankings, Australia's Mitchell Marsh has gained three places to reach sixth. The list is headed by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

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