India Fall to Fifth Position in ICC Rankings

Cardiff, Sep 17 (IANS) World champions India dropped to the fifth position in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table after England won the five-match ODI series 3-0 here Friday.

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 Tests.

Indian players leaving the ground after the final one-day match against England

India had entered the series in third position on 117 ratings points and finished on 112 ratings points after it lost the second, third and fifth ODIs while the first ODI at Chester-le-Street was washed out and the fourth at Lord's ended in a tie.

In fact, India had slipped to fourth position after the third ODI at The Oval where it went down by three wickets (according to Duckworth-Lewis method) and then slipped further behind after defeat in another rain-reduced match in Cardiff.

In contrast, England has gained a place and has moved to fourth position. For remaining unbeaten in the series, Alastair Cook's side earned six ratings points which has left it just one point ahead of India and three behind third-ranked South Africa.

However, India will have a chance to not only reclaim lost ground but potentially move into second position depending on how it performs in the five-match ODI series against England which starts at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad Oct 14.

But India will also have an eye on the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Australia, which starts at Centurion from Oct 19.


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  • vivian, dubai

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    Everday is not sunday..

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  • Tony, Mangalore/Sydney

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    I am not surprised at all that India has slided to the fifth position, sooner or later, this had to happen, taking into account the poor physical fitness of the Indian players, and also the injuries that they have been enduring lately, especially the bowlers. Until and unless some fresh blood is found, namely, some class fast bowlers like that of Malinga (Sri Lanka), who is not only fast but accurate, there is a little chance of this situation changing in the near future. The Indians have been winning their matches mainly on the local rather slow pitches, which are prepared mainly to suit their spin bowlers and the like, and when they move out of the country to play elsewhere, it is a different story altogether.

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    The Team India not prepared themselves and at times unlucky where Indians could have won. The weather is unpredictable. Also 8 World Champion members of the team not available so nauturally Mr.Dhoni & co. caould cope with the British team.The Young Indian team displayed good spirites, they can build up a future team, there is plenty of talent. Let us mix up seniors and young talent in the coming years and India will show tehri guts again. Good luck team India .

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  • kaushal, america

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    dis time indians were not in full form::::::::::

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