Fourth-ranked India will have to win the upcoming One-Day International series against New Zealand by at least a 4-1 margin to move up a position in the ICC team rankings.
India (110 points) presently trail New Zealand (113 points) by three points but will need to win the series 4-1 or better to claim the third position.
Australia have lost vital points in the rankings following a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of South Africa.
Meanwhile, some fine performances by the South Africa players have helped their team leapfrog New Zealand and India to within two points of world champions Australia's tally of 118 points.
The Proteas had started the series tied at 110 points and gained six points, while Australia plunged from 124 to 118 points.