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India vs Australia: Kohli & Smith's Men Battle For ICC ODI Ranking Top Spot

Australia, placed second in the standings, are the current world champions of the format. On the other hand India, placed third, reached the final of ICC Champions Trophy recently and have been a force to reckon with in ODIs since their 2011 ICC World Cup triumph.

Cricketnext Staff |September 13, 2017, 2:18 PM IST
India vs Australia: Kohli & Smith's Men Battle For ICC ODI Ranking Top Spot

Since the turn of the century, the rivalry between India and Australia has outshone any other battle on a cricket field. The India vs Pakistan contest is dying a slow death due to lack of matches between the two teams, owing to political tensions, and India's growing dominance over Pakistan. Australia's traditional rivalry with England has also not generated the same amount of passion and emotion, both on and off the pitch, that an Indo-Australian clash commands these days.

So, when the 'Yellow brigade' locks horn with Virat Kohli's men in the five-match ODI series, it will be a battle for supremacy in the 50-over format. South Africa are currently the top ranked ODI team in the world, but their dismal track record in big tournaments mean they don't have the proverbial bragging rights in this format.

Australia, placed second in the standings, are the current world champions of the format. On the other hand India, placed third, reached the final of ICC Champions Trophy recently and have been a force to reckon with in ODIs since their 2011 ICC World Cup triumph.

And both these teams will have a crack at the summit of the ICC ODI rankings during the upcoming series. A victory margin of 4-1 or 5-0 for either team would see them topple the Proteas and move into the top slot, an opportunity that the young captains, Kohli & Smith, wouldn't want to let go of.

On the basis of head-to-head, Australia hold an edge both in the overall numbers and in matches played on Indian soil.

Total ODIs = 123

Australia won = 71

India won = 41

Tied = 0

NR = 11

In India = 52

Australia won = 25

India won = 21

Tied = 0

NR = 6.

In Australia = 47

Australia won = 34

India won = 11

Tied = 0

NR = 2

But this Indian team has been on a roll since the beginning of the year and look in perfect shape to improve their numbers against the mighty Australians.

Here are the scenarios for both teams in terms of how the series result could affect their ranking:

India beats Australia 5-0? India 122, Australia 113

India beats Australia 4-1? India 120, Australia 114

India beats Australia 3-2? India 118, Australia 116

Australia beats India 3-2? Australia 118, India 116

Australia beats India 4-1? Australia 120, India 114

Australia beats India 5-0? Australia 122, India 112

India won the bilateral ODI series between the two teams, when they faced off on Indian soil the last time. The Aussies though thrashed India 4-1 at the beginning of 2016 when India had toured down under. The stakes are high and both the teams are ready to put in their best efforts to come out on top.

India holds a slight edge going into the contest due to their form at home. The absence of Australia's premier pace bowling duo, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, also tilts the balance in favour of the 'Men in Blue'.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
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