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How can India climb ladders to stake claim for No.2 spot in ICC T20I Rankings?

The Indian team (Photo Source: India Today via BCCI)

Cricket is all about getting it right. The No.1 ranked Test side stepped with an aim to top the charts in ODIs as well. Much to their grit and determination, India got the better of Aussies in the One-Day series to wrap up a handsome 4-1 which lifted them to the top No.1 spot in ODI rankings.

Now, the action tunes to the shortest format between India and Australia for three-match T20I series. The first match is scheduled to light the candle on October 7 (Saturday) at JSCA Stadium, Ranchi. There is a chance for India to stake a claim at No.2 spot in the ICC T20I rankings. Also, there should be enough thrills to bother one and please the other.

The Indian team (Photo Source: India Today via BCCI)

How India can take the No.2 spot in T20Is?

Men in Blue might have ticked both the Test and ODIs at the best scene. They are ranked 5th in the T20I rankings. However, with an extra bit of momentum gained so far, Virat Kohli & Co will be keen to cashing in on the chances and convert those into fruitful results. At the same time, Australia that lost their plot in the ODIs might have a go at the Indians in the games to come.

Case 1: If India wins the series 2-1

In this case, India would get the series win but their desire to climb the ladders to claim the No.2 spot is bashed. India possess 116 points now and a 2-1 series win will see them still settle at the same fifth spot but with two points on advantage as they will earn 118 credits. Then Australia’s 7th spot in T20Is will be as constant as an unmoving object; will lose two points to get 108.

Case 2: If India wins the series 3-0

‘Bluewash’ is the keyterm that Men in Blue are looking forward to. If they clean sweep the Aussies under the carpet all ends up, then India would climb ladders safely to take the No.2 spot and that’s where they would like to end the series on a satisfying note. Even if Aussies couldn’t get off the mark, they would still be placed at 7th but will topple over in points to get 102.

Case 3: If Australia Whitewash India 3-0

Cricket is an unpredictable game and anything might happen. Though the chances of seeing whitewash is seldom for both sides, such result would be shocking. Both teams have high class batsmen in their ranks to fire all the cylinders. If at all Aussies would whitewash India, then they climb to the third spot with 120 points whereas India would go down to 7th spot by losing 6 points.

Case 4: If Australia wins the series 2-1

Australia are ranked lower to India in all the three formats. In T20Is, they are ranked 7th. Australia would take this challenge a bit seriously. Having been on the receiving end in the ODIs, their aim would be to forge into a thick of action. However, a 2-1 series win for them would see them hump to the fifth spot with 114 points. This means that India would drop down to the sixth spot.

Written by Chaithanya G

A die-hard Arsenal fan and a foodie who likes to deliver some crunch in scripting articles on Cricket.


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