After the painful exit from the semifinal stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup, the Indian cricket team has been dislodged from the top spot and is now the second best Twenty20 playing team after New Zealand. Not only that, in the latest published rankings by the patterning body of all the cricket playing nations; ICC, the Men in Blue has slipped down to the fourth spot of the ODI charts too.
ICC published this ODI ranking list based on the performance of the teams in 2014 and 2015 with a reduced weighting value of 50 % and the results from 2012-13 seasons have been dropped. The two finalists of the last ODI World Cup in 2015, Australia and New Zealand have retained the top two positions of the ODI rankings. Australia, who won their fifth World Cup at their home soil last year, is crowned as the top ODI playing team in the ranking with 124 points and New Zealand is just 11 points behind them.
South Africa’s recent success in the ODIs both in home and away soil, helped the “Proteas” to climb up to the third spot (112 points) and India (109 points) has swapped the place with South Africa and sitting fourth in the chart. The island country Sri Lanka is in the fifth place of the chart, 5 points behind India. Bangladesh has beaten teams like South Africa, West Indies and India in their home soil last year, and their brilliant performances have been rewarded as the “Tigers “ climbed up and grabbed the seventh-place(98 points, up by one point) in the ranking. Despite of their awful performances in the World Cup, the English team has managed to retain the sixth place (103 points, up by two points) in the chart. The two times World Cup winner, West Indies has swapped the place with Pakistan and has moved up to eighth position with 88 points, while the 1992 World Cup champions are in the ninth place with 85 points. The last two positions of the chart have been occupied by Afghanistan and Zimbabwe cricket team with 51 points and 47 points respectively.
The date 30 September 2017 holds much significance in the ICC events calendar as this is the rankings cut-off date for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. England has been automatically qualified for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and the other seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings on September 30th, 2017 will gain a direct entry into the cricket’s biggest and most prestigious event. On the other hand, the bottom four ODI ranked country will join the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, fighting to seal their berth for the two remaining spots.
Though ICC will publish another ODI team rankings update before the cut-off date, but from now on all the result of all the ODIs will be weighted at 100 per cent, unlike 2014-15 season, where the matches carried a 50 % weighted value, and will directly affect the qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to be held from May 30 to July 15 in the United Kingdom. So, the teams who are currently occupying the mid-table spots in the ranking will surely try to win as many matches as possible in the forthcoming season as it will ensure a direct entry into the coveted championship.
If we talk about the T20 rankings, both India and New Zealand have gained 132 points but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal points, the Kiwis are ahead of the first T20 World Cup winners by .21 points. The Kane Williamson led Kiwi side have gained 12 points during the time span and moved up two places and earned the top spot of the chart.
Although West Indies won the T20 World Cup this year, but their poor performance in the last year slipped them to the third spot, 10 points behind New Zealand and India. As ICC did not consider the 2012-13 season while making the list, so their 2012 T20 World Cup victory get excluded too and that goes against them in a big time. “The Proteas” are 3 points behind West Indies, followed by England, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.