The International Cricket Council’s annual update, which reflects recent form, removed results from matches played before August 2009 without giving extra weighting to World Cup wins. MS Dhoni’s men won the one-day tournament in April, India’s second World Cup success after Kapil Dev’s team won in 1983.
Over the past 12 months, India had a worse win-loss ratio than defeated World Cup finalists Sri Lanka and quarter-finalists Australia and South Africa. Australia continue to lead the rankings with 130 rating points, way ahead of Sri Lanka (118), India (117), South Africa (116), England (106) and Pakistan (100).
Australia captain Michael Clarke, due to play a ODI and Test series in Sri Lanka this month, said his side was determined to maintain its lead at the top of the table.
“This Australian side is extremely proud to be ranked the number one one-day side in the world,” said Clarke. “Being knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage was very disappointing and our group has already started its planning to reclaim the title on our home shores.”
Australia and New Zealand will co-host the next World Cup in 2015.
The two World Cup finalists, India and Sri Lanka, will join Australia in a one-day series Down Under in January. India will also give up their top spot in the Test rankings if they lose the ongoing four-match series against England by two Tests or more.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2011.
ICC one-day rankings (previous rating points in brackets):
|Australia||130 ratings points (129)|
|Sri Lanka||118 (116)|
|South Africa||116 (116)|
|New Zealand||90 (94)|
|West Indies||78 (76)|
|The Netherlands||5 (10)|