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India need comprehensive series win to rise in ODI rankings

India need comprehensive series win to rise in ODI rankings
MS Dhoni will return to bolster the Indian line up.
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In the upcoming five-match One-Day International series against New Zealand, India need to win the contest by a margin of 4-1 or more if they want to rise in the International Cricket Council team rankings.

With 110 points in their grasp, India currently are placed fourth and are just behind New Zealand, who are in the third spot with 113 points.

If India manage to register a 4-1 series victory, they will finish with 113 points and swap places with New Zealand while a 5-0 win will give them a total of 115 points.

New Zealand on the other hand will have a chance to tie with Australia on 118 points, if they win the ODI series 5-0 and while they also need a victory margin of 4-1 or more if they are to rise from their third place.

Among the bowlers, Trent Boult will begin the series as the leading bowler in the ODI formats while Axar Patel, who is ranked 14th, will be India’s highest ranked bowler in the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Among the batsmen, India’s Virat Kohli is currently in the second spot while New Zealand’s highest ranked batsman is their skipper Kane Williamson.

Meanwhile, Australian vice-captain David Warner has leapfrogged to the third position in the rankings after his century in the final ODI against South Africa.

By the virtue of their 5-0 series defeat against South Africa, Australia’s lead at the top of the ODI rankings has been cut down to just two points.

South Africa on the other hand have jumped to the second spot with 116 points, having begun the series with only 110 points against their name.

The ODI series between India and New Zealand will get underway with the first game in Dharamsala on 16th October.

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