India’s back-to-back title triumphs have helped the world champion retain its top position in the ICC ODI rankings following the annual update of the list announced on Friday.
India tops the table with 122 rating points, ahead of Australia (114) and England (112). India has been in the number one position since February 2013, when it beat England 3-2 at home to regain the top place.
Virat Kohli remained the top-ranked Indian batsman at the third spot even as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped a rung to sixth in the latest ICC players rankings issued on Friday.
Kohli and Dhoni, both of whom showed good form during India’s title-triumph at the just-concluded ODI tri-series in the West Indies, are the only Indians within the top 10 of the ICC list.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is the highest ranked Indian bowler even though he has slipped a couple of rungs to fifth.
The bowlers’ table is still headed by West Indies’ Sunil Narine, followed by Saeed Ajmal in second place and England’s Steven Finn in third spot.
The batting table is still headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, with Hashim Amla in second place.
At their last board meeting in June, the ICC Board agreed to change the ODI rankings period from three to four years to ensure that all ODIs played over the four-year cycle between ICC Cricket World Cups count towards a team’s ranking at the next event.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be a 10-team event, and only the top eight sides on the Rankings Table will gain automatic qualification.
The other teams will have to battle for a place via the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2018.
The ICC Board also decided that the annual update to the Test, ODI and T20 rankings should now take place on May 1 each year, rather than August 1, to better align with the current international calendar. This change has been incorporated in the latest update, and has been backdated to May 1, 2013, a statement from the world body said.
The updated table now reflects all ODI matches completed after August 1, 2010. All ODI matches played until the start of May 2014 will be added to this table, so that by May 2014, the ratings will be based on four years of results.
As a result, Australia and England have swapped places after the annual update.