Dubai, June 6: After consolidating its position as the world's No. 1 Test side, India now has an opportunity to go past Australia for Numero Uno status in ODIs as well. But for that the current World Champions would have to consign the Windies to a 5-nil sweep in the upcoming series in the Caribbean.
Failure to win the series would blunt India's ambitions. With 121 points, second-placed India trail Australia by eight points. However, will get another shot at scaling to the top of table after the series against West Indies, as they also play five one-dayers against England.
The Windies on the other hand are placed several rungs lower than India with a gap of a staggering 49 points. But series in the Caribbean islands also provides the youngsters from both sides a chance to make a mark and rise up in rankings.
Stand-in skipper Suresh Raina will look to better his 32nd position and join some of his teammates who are already in the top 20.
Virat Kohli, in eighth position, is the highest-ranked India player in ODIs and in the absence of Gautam Gambhir (in 12th position), Virender Sehwag (13th) and Yuvraj Singh (17th) through injury and illness, the Delhi lad has a chance to widen the gap.
Where bowling is concerned, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (17th position) is the highest-ranked bowler from either side.
With no Chris Gayle or Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the first two ODIs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (in 38th position) is the highest-ranked West Indies batsman.
Ravi Rampaul (29th), Praveen Kumar (30th) and Munaf Patel (32nd), among others, are the other bowlers who would look to climb up in rankings.
World Cup finalist Sri Lanka, with 118 points, are placed third, while South Africa (116) and England (105) complete the top five.
Pakistan (100 points) are in the sixth position followed by New Zealand and West Indies.