Virat Kohli’s men’s back to back victories against Sri Lanka helped India to retain the number one position in the  ICC’s One-Day International (ODI) rankings. India currently have 115 rating points followed by South Africa (115), Australia  (114) and Sri Lanka (110). The Proteas had claimed the top spot late in October, with a comprehensive series win against New Zealand.

Interestingly all the top four ODI teams are having a busy schedule at this moment. India are currently playing Sri Lanka in a five match ODI series. Australia will also host South Africa for the same number ODI’s, which means the top three teams have a genuine chance to claim the number one position in near future

Sri Lanka, the number fourth team in the rankings will play England (number fifth team in the rankings) in a seven match ODI series next. Whereas Pakistan (Number sixth) will host New Zealand (Number Seventh) for a five ODIs. So more or less all the the top teams have chance to improve their rankings and boost their morals before next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

The competition between the top three is quite stiff and with the Australia-South Africa ODI series beginning on November 14, there could be a lot of changes in the table.

Here’s how the teams could be lined up by the end of Australia’s 5-match home series against South Africa:

Scenario 1: India beat Sri Lanka 4-1.

  • If Australia beat South Africa 3-2, they will outsmart India for the first place.
  • If South Africa beat Australia at least by a margin of 4-1, they go ahead of India.

Scenario 2: India beat Sri Lanka 5-0.

  • If Australia beat South Africa 4-1 or 3-2, India will stay No. 1
  • If Australia win 5-0, they will edge India for the No. 1 spot.
  • If South Africa beat Australia at least by a margin of 4-1, they go ahead of India to regain the top spot.

 Scenario 3: Even if India beat Sri Lanka by a margin of 3-2, they will lose the No. 1 ranking after the Australia-South Africa ODI series produces its first result.