India consolidates its No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings
Dubai: World champions India have consolidated their top rank on the ICC ODI Team Rankings after sweeping the series against Sri Lanka, which concluded in Ranchi on Sunday.
India had started the series at the third position on 113 ratings points and has finished on 117 ratings points - two ratings points clear of South Africa, which is involved in a five-ODI series against Australia.
In contrast, Sri Lanka have retained their fourth position but slipped to 108 ratings after conceding three ratings points. It now hosts England in a seven-ODI series, leading Alastair Cook's side by one ratings point.
However, with the Australia-South Africa series locked at one-all, both sides have an opportunity to regain the No 1 ranking.
But to make this happen, either side will have to win the remaining three matches. If Australia wins the series 4-1, then it will move ahead of India by a fraction of a point (0.2 ratings points).
South Africa will end on 118 ratings points and Australia on 111 ratings points if the series result is reversed.