India can trump Aussies in rankings with Windies whitewash

Virat Kohli will aim to consolidate his number-one batting position on the ICC ODI Player Rankings and also help India reclaim the number-two ranking when he captains his side in the five-ODI series against ninth-ranked the West Indies from Friday.

Kohli leads South Africa’s AB de Villiers by four points and if the Delhi-born batsman can extend that advantage, then it will go a long way in also allowing India to leapfrog Australia (117 points) by a fraction of a point. However, to move ahead of Australia by a fraction of a point, India will have to win all the five matches of the series.

In contrast, if the West Indies wins two matches in the series, then India will drop behind England in fourth place on 112 points. Victories in two matches will also lift the West Indies from 77 points to 81 points, thus narrowing the gap with eighth-ranked Sri Lanka to 12 points.

India’s 5-0 series win will not only give it the number-two position on the table, it will drop the West Indies to 75 points and in all probability, will end its chances of qualifying automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

England, plus the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017, will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup while the bottom four sides along with four sides from the World Cricket League Championship and two from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 will feature in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers. The top two from the qualifiers will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event.

Schedule of matches:

West Indies v India

23 June – 1st ODI, Port of Spain

25 June – 2nd ODI, Port of Spain

30 June – 3rd ODI, North Sound

2 July – 4th ODI, North Sound

5 July – 5th ODI, Kingston

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 22 June, before the start of West Indies-India ODI series)
Rank     Team     Points
1     South Africa     119
2     Australia     117
3     India     116
4     England     113
5     New Zealand     111
6     Pakistan     95
7     Bangladesh     94
8     Sri Lanka     93
9     West Indies     77
10     Afghanistan     54
11     Zimbabwe     46
12     Ireland     41