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India at 6th position in ICC ODI ranking

The 4-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa has relegated the Indian team to it's lowest ranking in more than a year.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 20:29 IST

The 4-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa has relegated Team India to it's lowest ranking in more than a year, ranking sixth in the latest LG ICC ODI Championship table.

And it can get even worse for Rahul Dravid's team if the West Indies, who are tied with India on points, put in a good performance in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, which is underway.

The last time India was lower in the Championship table was in October last year when they languished at the seventh position and if the West Indies wins the series against Pakistan, even by one match, India will be back down to that lowly position.

It has been a sharp fall for the team, which was one of the in-form sides in ODIs in the first half of the year. At the end of April, India stood third in the table, just three rating points behind the Proteas.

But since then it has won just three of its last 17 outings to slip to the sixth spot, 25 rating points adrift of leaders Australia and 20 points behind South Africa.

Conversely, South Africa's position has not been this healthy since way back in January 2003 when it stood, as it does today, on 126 rating points in second position overall.

The Proteas have never enjoyed a higher rating since the rankings were launched in October 2002.

Graeme Smith's team is now hot on the trail of Australia and if Ricky Ponting's side stutter in their tri-series with England and New Zealand in the New Year and South Africa do well in their five-match series with Pakistan in February, they can go into next year's ICC Cricket World Cup as the top ranked ODI team.

That said, Pakistan will be anxious to make their own way up the ladder. If they can beat the West Indies by three clear matches over the next couple of weeks, they will move ahead of New Zealand and into third place in the table.

The only piece of good news for India is wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up one place to fifth, at the expense of Australia's Andrew Symonds.