Dubai, Sept 17: Their failure to win even a single match in the ODI series against England has led to world champions India dropping a couple of rungs to fifth, their lowest position in three years, in the latest ICC one-day rankings issued on Saturday.
“It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni"s side"s lowest ranking since October 2008 when it spent three months at the number-five position to sum up a disappointing summer in England where it slipped from number-one position in the ICC Test Championship to third spot after losing all the four matches," the ICC said in a statement.
India had entered the series in third position on 117 ratings points and finished on 112 ratings points after they lost the second, third and fifth ODIs while the first match at Chester-le-Street was washed-out and the fourth at Lord"s had ended in a tie.
In fact, India had slipped to fourth position after the third ODI at The Oval where they went down by three wickets (according to Duckworth-Lewis method) and then slipped further behind after defeat in another rain-reduced match in Cardiff on Friday.
In contrast, England have gained a place moving to fourth position. For remaining unbeaten in the series, Alastair Cook"s side has earned six ratings points which has left it a point ahead of India and as many as three behind third-ranked South Africa.
However, India will have a chance to not only reclaim lost ground but potentially move to second depending on how it performs in the five-ODI series against England which starts at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday October 14.
But India will also have an eye on how the three-ODI series between South Africa and Australia, which starts at Centurion on October 19, pans out.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have gained one ratings point for their 3-0 win against Zimbabwe. However, there is no change in their ranking as they stay in sixth position -- 11 behind India and as many ahead of seventh-ranked New Zealand.