The Proteas toppled India by decimal points to regain the summit of the One-Day Internationals rankings after they continued their domination over Bangladesh. The hosts South Africa were able to get the better off the Tigers in the second ODI when they thrashed the visitors by a colossal margin of 104 runs after a heroic batting display from their talisman AB de Villiers who scored a breathtaking knock of 176 off just 104 balls.
India will have their opportunity to get their lost position back and move up the ladder again if they will be able to beat New Zealand in the first One-Dayer on 22nd October at Wankhede Stadium. If South Africa is to hold on their numero uno position then they would have to make a clean sweep of 3-0 against Bangladesh and win their final ODI against them.
India will need to whitewash New Zealand to regain their top spot.
If India is on to hold on to the pinnacle of the ODI Rankings then they would have to make sure that they whitewash the Kiwis 3-0 and anything less than that would see him being the second best team in the 50-overs format.
India has been dominant in their home conditions and they would be backing themselves to get the better off the Black Caps especially with the kind of recent form they are in. If things turn out ugly and the visitors surprise the Men in Blue to beat them 3-0 then the Kiwis who are currently placed on the 5th spot will topple Australia (currently at the 3rd position) and England (4th spot) to move up to the third place. In such a case, India will stay at the 2nd position and South Africa will hold on to their pole position.
With the teams scheduled to play a lot of cricket in the times to come, we may witness regular fluctuations in the rankings as the competition is getting tougher. The Indian team has played some outstanding cricket in the recent past and would like to continue their good work. They would know that if they are successful in doing so, then the rankings will take care of itself.