Dubai: India would topple Australia from the second spot in the ICC one-day rankings if they manage a 4-0 win against West Indies in the ODI series.
India and Australia are currently locked at 122 ratings points but the world champions are a step ahead by a fraction of a point.
India is 32 ratings points ahead of eighth-placed the West Indies and that gap means it is expected to win the series comfortably. If it fails to do so then its rating will suffer and it will lose one point to drop behind Australia even if it secures a 3-1 success. A 2-2 draw series will put India on 119 ratings points and a 4-0 defeat will drop it to 116 ratings points, just four points ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.
In contrast, the West Indies, which will start the series on 90 ratings points, will gain nine ratings points in case of a 4-0 series win to narrow the gap with seventh-placed Sri Lanka by six points. A 3-1 series win will lift it to 96 ratings points, a 2-2 draw series will take it to 93 ratings points and a 3-1 loss will leave it on 91 ratings points. The West Indies will concede two ratings points if India wins all the matches of the series.
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In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Dhoni leads the field but Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh are breathing down his neck as only 46 points separate number-one-ranked Dhoni from fourth-placed Yuvraj.
Gautam Gambhir (16th) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (19th) are the other batsmen from either side inside the top 20.