SA vs IND 2018: India need to win 4-2 to seal top spot in ODI rankings

The six match ODI series starts 1st February

The ODI series wil give India a chance to bounce back  after Test series defeat. (NDTV)

With the Test series done and dusted, all eyes now are on the six-match ODI series between India and South Africa which gets started on February 1 in Durban. The ODI series will be followed by a three-match T20I series.

India can top the ODI table if they win the series by 4-2 or better.While to retain the top spot, South Africa will just have to draw the series. India will slip behind England if South Africa win the series by 5-1. 

Post the Test series defeat, the ODI series gives India a chance to settle the scores and rise up the rankings in the ODI series. 

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli continues to lead the ICC ODI Player Rankings for batsmen with 876 points, just above South Africa's AB de Villiers (872). Australia's David Warner is placed third with 823 points followed by Rohit Sharma (816), Pakistan's Babar Azam (813).

No Indian features in the top 10 of the ICC ODI Players Rankings for all-rounders, which is being headed by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, followed by Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez and Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi.

There has been some recent changes in the ODI team rankings as well post Australia's ODI series defeat against England.  South Africa leads the rankings in the ODI rankings, while India, England, New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan follow simultaneously. 

Amongst the bowlers, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah (728 points) is static at the third spot behind leader Imran Tahir (743) of South Africa and New Zealand's Trent Boult (729).
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel is the only other Indian to feature in the top 10 at the 10th spot with 643 points.

ODI Series Schedule

1 Feb    South Africa vs India - 1st ODI

4 Feb    South Africa vs India - 2nd ODI

7 Feb    South Africa vs India - 3rd ODI

10 Feb    South Africa vs India - 4th ODI

13 Feb    South Africa vs India - 5th ODI

16 Feb    South Africa vs India - 6th ODI

T20I series Schedule

18 Feb    South Africa vs India - 1st T20I

21 Feb    South Africa vs India - 2nd T20I

24 Feb    South Africa vs India - 3rd T20I


By Anshuman Roy - 30 Jan, 2018

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