India, South Africa put ODI rankings at stake
India are currently ranked second in the International Cricket Council ODI team rankings with 115 points and will need to win a minimum of two matches to retain their position.
South Africa on the other hand are positioned at the third spot with 110 points and will need to win a minimum of four games if they are to dethrone India from the second spot.
A victory margin of 3-2 for South Africa will reduce the current five point gap between the two teams to just two points.
If India manages to sweep the series 5-0, they will move to 118 points, while South Africa will drop to the fourth position with 107 points.
Regardless of the outcome of the series, Australia, who currently have 127 points, will continue to enjoy their position at the top of the table.
Among the batsmen, AB de Villiers (ranked first), Hashim Amla (ranked second), Virat Kohli (ranked third), Shikhar Dhawan (ranked sixth), and MS Dhoni (ranked eighth) will look to make gains in the top ten.
The players from both the teams in the top 20 are Rohit Sharma (ranked 15th), Faf du Plessis (ranked 17th) and Suresh Raina (ranked 18th).
Imran Tahir, who is the top ranked ODI bowler will aim to extend his lead while Dale Steyn (ranked fifth), Ravichandran Ashwin (ranked ninth) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (ranked 10th) will look to climb higher.
The only all-rounder in the current series among the top 10 ranks is JP Duminy, who is placed ninth in the list led by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
The last five-match ODI series between the two teams was in 2011 when South Africa managed to beat India 3-2 at home.
© Cricket World 2015