India consolidate No 1 spot in ICC rankings

Aug 05, 2013, 00:33 IST | IANS

India's 5-0 series win over Zimbabwe has helped it strengthen its position as the No1 ranked team in the ICC one-day international (ODI) rankings table.

Though the series sweep earned India just one point to help it finish at 123, it now has a lead of nine points over No.2 ranked Australia. 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Meanwhile, South Africa and Sri Lanka have swapped places with the Asian side moving into fourth place after gaining three points and the African side slipping to fifth after conceding five.

Mishra’s big leap
The series against Zimbabwe was also a big one for India’s leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has rocketed 47 places to 32nd spot after bagging a record 18 wickets. Others to make upward movements include Suresh Raina in 17th (up by one) and Shikhar Dhawan in 23rd (up by 16) in the batsmen rankings.

The batting table is still headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla with his captain AB de Villiers in second place.

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