Clean sweep can push India's ODI rank

In a 5-0 series win scenario, the tourists will jump two places up and snap at second-placed South Africa's heels with 115 rating points.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 17:46 IST

India's ODI series win against Pakistan would not only avenge their Test series loss but would also push them up from their current lowly fifth position in the LG ICC ODI rankings.

If India sweep the series with a 5-0 win, then they will jump two places up and snap at second-placed South Africa's heels as that margin of victory would take them to 115 rating points.

Pakistan, on the other hand, would aim for the second place in the table. The home side is currently only three rating points behind South Africa and a successful series against the arch-rivals would see them breathing down the neck of Australia.

Their chances of gaining the second spot behind Ricky Ponting's men are bound up with South Africa's performances in the ongoing VB Series against Australia and Sri Lanka.

If the Proteas lose their last two qualifying matches and fail to make the finals of that VB Series, then a 3-2 series win for Pakistan would take them to second spot.

The worst-case scenario for Pakistan would be victories in both qualifying matches for South Africa followed by success in the VB Series final. If that happened, not even a 5-0 series win for Pakistan would lift them to second place.

They would still have three ODIs against Sri Lanka in late March to try and avoid that fate.

Australia are way ahead, 16 rating points clear of South Africa, at the top of the LG ICC ODI Championship table.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 17:46 IST