ICC rankings: India and England retain top spot in Tests and ODIs
As they say, cricket is an unpredictable game, the sport has seen vast improvements in each team’s decisive approach. Now that one can’t underestimate any small team because they can beat any big team on their day. Over the years, there has also been shuffling in the team’s rankings based on the performances.
In the latest ICC team rankings, India and England retained their peak positions for Tests and ODIs, respectively. The rankings come after an annual update in which series results from 2015-16 are neglected, and potential results from 2016-17 and 2017-18 are taken into account as 50% weightage.
Virat Kohli & Co’s lead over Kane Williamson & Co in the ICC Test Team Rankings narrowed from eight to two points whereas England remain at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings with their gap over India cut down to only two points in the table.
India were on 116 points whereas New Zealand on 108 before the rankings got updated.
England surpassed Australia to fourth position and now they are on 105 points. Aussies are on 98 points after dropping 6 points as they won four of the five series in 2015-16, which ain”t part of the calculations. Meanwhile, the gap between seventh-placed Pakistan and eighth-placed West Indies has cut short from 11 to two points.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 2 May, after the annual update):
1 India 113 (-3)
2 New Zealand 111 (+3)
3 South Africa 108 (+3)
4 England 105 (+1)
5 Australia 98 (-6)
6 Sri Lanka 94 (+1)
7 Pakistan 84 (-4)
8 West Indies 82 (+5)
9 Bangladesh 65 (-3)
10 Zimbabwe 16 (+3)
As far as the ODI rankings are concerned, England, the dominating side in the limited-overs format retained the No. 1 ranking. In order to go into the World Cup as the No.1 ranked side, England have one more work left in their cards as they will need to beat Ireland in forthcoming one-off ODI after which they should beat Pakistan 3-2 or better in a home series.
In case if they lose to Ireland, they will have to beat Pakistan 4-1 or better winning margin.
South Africa leapfrogged New Zealand at the third spot while an interchange in positions sees the Windies moving ahead of Sri Lanka to take the 7th spot. In fact, no team has been dropped out of the top 10, meaning that the summer’s showpiece event will see the ten top-ranked sides in the business.
It is said that three of the four teams were granted ODI status at the end of the World Cricket League Division 2 and those teams will join the rankings once they have played the necessary eight qualifying matches. Nonetheless, PNG join the rankings quickly after having played several ODIs before to April 2018.
Netherlands, who already had ODI status to their name will need to play requisite two more ODIs to gain a ranking. In addition to that, annual update for the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings will be revised on May 3.
MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 2 May, after the annual update):
1 England 123 (-1)
2 India 121 (+1)
3 South Africa 115 (+3)
4 New Zealand 113 (+1)
5 Australia 109 (+1)
6 Pakistan 96 (-1)
7 Bangladesh 86 (-4)
8 West Indies 80 (+4)
9 Sri Lanka 76 (-)
10 Afghanistan 64 (-1)
11 Zimbabwe 54 (+1)
12 Ireland 46 (+3)
13 Scotland 40 (+7)
14 Nepal 19 (+4)
15 UAE 10 (-3)
16 PNG 6 (-)