Lanka whitewash, Oz poor show may make India No. 2 ODI side
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can grab the number two spot in the ICC ODI Championship table provided they complete a 5-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka and Australia's misery continues against New Zealand.cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2009 11:01 IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can grab the number two spot in the ICC ODI Championship table provided they complete a 5-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka and Australia's misery continues against New Zealand.
Having already pocketed the series by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, India is already within two ratings points of Australia and four behind leaders South Africa (125).
A 5-0 whitewash of Mahela Jayawardene's team may help the Indians topple Australia from the number two spot, provided Ricky Ponting's men, who lost their firsrt ODI against New Zealand, continue their poor shows.
With Dhoni's men touring New Zealand in March where they will play five one-dayers, a lot can change before the April 1 cut off date.
The top side in the ODI Championship will be richer by USD 175,000 with the runners-up getting USD 75,000, the ICC said in a press release.
1. South Africa (125 points); 2. Australia (123); 3. India (121); 4. New Zealand (115); 5. Pakistan (111); 6. England (108); 7. Sri Lanka (104); 8 West Indies (91); 9. Bangladesh (46); 10. Zimbabwe (23); 11. Ireland (19); 12. Kenya (0).