Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

India toppled by England from top of ICC ODI rankings

Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has been knocked out of the top spot by England in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) annual ODI rankings which were updated on Wednesday.

In a release put out by the ICC, England’s rise up the table is largely because the 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent. Eoin Morgan’s side had a forgettable 2014-15 season where they won only seven out of 25 ODIs against other Full Members.

England’s rise to the top of the ODI rankings has been remarkable following their exit in the league stages of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup held in Australia-New Zealand. Following their humiliating exit, the team’s attitude towards white ball cricket changed and in the last three years, England have won 11 out of 14 bilateral ODI series, with losses only to Australia, India and South Africa.

Since 2017, England has won six consecutive bilateral ODI series, with wins in Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand, India has not put a foot wrong in the last couple of years when it comes to the limited-overs format.

Barring the loss in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in 2017, India have won nine consecutive bilateral ODI series, including their first-ever series win in South Africa where they thrashed the Proteas 5-1.

Australia, South Africa suffer

South Africa, who were second, have dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113 following their series loss, leaving them nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth- placed New Zealand.

World champions Australia have lost eight points to go down to 104 in fifth position and are only two points ahead of reigning Champions Trophy winners Pakistan, who have gained six points.

Pakistan on top in Twenty20s

The T20I rankings are led by Pakistan and there is no change in the top seven places but Afghanistan are now ahead of Sri Lanka in eighth slot. Pakistan (130) and Australia (126) remain in the first two positions without a change in their points total while India have gained two points to reach 123. New Zealand (116) are unchanged on points while England (115) have gained a solitary point.

(Hindustan Times)

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