Dubai, Jan 17: India enter the five-match ODI series against New Zealand with their number-one spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings at stake when the two sides go head to head in the series that starts in Napier on January 19.
India is currently ranked number one in the table with 120 ratings points, and enter the series leading eighth-ranked New Zealand by 36 ratings points. If India does not win the series, it will lose the number-one rank and as many as six ratings points, ICC said in a media release Friday.
India has been the number-one ranked ODI side since January 2013, when they replaced England at the top. For India to retain number-one rank they have to win the series against New Zealand by any margin.
For New Zealand, a series win against India by any margin will mean that it will push up a place to seventh, ahead of West Indies. A series loss for New Zealand, however, will not make any difference to its position on the rankings table.
If India does not manage to win the series against New Zealand, either Australia or England could stake a claim on the number-one rank.
Australia and England are currently playing a five-match series, with the home team leading 1-0.
Australia are currently in second position in the ODI Team Rankings, six points behind India. For Australia to reclaim the number-one rank, they need to beat England in the ongoing series by a margin of 3-2 or better, and it also requires New Zealand to beat India by a margin of 3-2 or better.
On the other hand, England, who sit 10 points behind India in third spot, need to beat Australia by a margin of 4-1 or better, and also for New Zealand to win the series against India by a margin of 4-1 or better, to become the number-one ODI side again.