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ICC RANKINGS: India hold on to No 2 spot; Kohli at No 3

February 12, 2015 12:56 IST
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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli of India celebrates. Photograph: PTI

Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are India's highest-ranked batsman and bowler in third and 13th positions respectively.

The defending champions are all set to participate in the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup and are second on the One-day Internationals Team Rankings list.

Other India batsmen to feature inside the top 25 include Shikhar Dhawan (seventh), Dhoni (ninth), Rohit Sharma (13th) and Suresh Raina (25th).

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates after taking a wicket. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Apart from Kumar, India boasts Ravindra Jadeja (14th), Ravichandran Ashwin (21st) and Mohammad Shami (24th) inside the top 25.

A lot will be on line as only 26 ratings points separate the top eight-ranked ODI sides with Australia launching its campaign to win its fifth ICC Cricket World Cup title as the number one ranked side on the ODI Team Rankings.

Australian players

Australia's Shane Watson is congratulated by Steven Smith and Brad Haddin during their World Cup warm-up match at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Australia enjoys a comfortable six-point advantage over its closest rival and defending champion India, which squares off against traditional rival and seventh-ranked Pakistan at the Oval.

Australia has the home advantage this time around. It is also enjoying a winning momentum, having won 17 ODIs with just five defeats and one no-result since January last year.

However, this dominance is not as strongly reflected in the ICC ODI Players Rankings which includes five Australia batsmen (George Bailey (11th), Aaron Finch (12th), Glenn Maxwell (17th), Shane Watson (19th) and James Faulkner (22nd)) and two bowlers (Mitchell Johnson (fifth) and Mitchell Starc (7th)) inside the top 25.

Australia batsmen sitting just outside the top 25 are captain Michael Clarke (27th), David Warner (28th) and Steven Smith (29th).

AB de Villiers

Captain of South Africa AB de Villiers. Photograph: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa also has a notable presence in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings.

Captain AB de Villiers leads the batting table, closely followed by Hashim Amla with Quinton de Kock (10th) and Faf du Plessis (20th). Dale Steyn will start as the highest-ranked bowler in the bowler in tournament in third position, followed by Morne Morkel (10th) and Imran Tahir (11th).

New Zealand

From left, Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell McClenaghan and Kane Williamson of New Zealand Black Caps pose during the New Zealand 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup squad announcement. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

New Zealand has played 14 ODIs in last two months and has won nine matches, which is reflected in the Player Rankings with Kane Williamson (6th) and Ross Taylor (8th) featuring in the top 10 of batting table and Kyle Mills (20th) and Daniel Vettori (23rd) occupying positions inside the top 25 bowlers.

England's captain Eoin Morgan

England's captain Eoin Morgan, centre, stands with team mates. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Reuters

Joe Root is England's highest-ranked batsman in 14th position, while James Anderson is sitting in fifth position on the bowlers' chart. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is his country's highest-ranked batsman in 14th position, while 15th-ranked Mohammad Irfan will spearhead the bowling attack.

Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews celebrates his century. Photograph: BCCI

Sri Lanka's old war horses, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, who will retire at the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, will begin in fourth and 22nd position, respectively, with Tillakaratne Dilshan (fifth) and captain Angelo Mathews (16th) sitting between the two batting stars. Rangana Herath (eighth), Sachithra Senanayake (17th) and Mathews (22nd) are the top-ranked Sri Lanka bowlers.

India players celebrate after defeating Sri Lanka to win the 2011 ICC World Cup

India players celebrate after defeating Sri Lanka to win the 2011 ICC World Cup. Photograph: Graham Crouch/Getty Images

Interestingly, Australia had also started as the top-ranked side in the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent. But it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side that lifted the trophy in Mumbai after entering the competition in second position and 12 ratings points behind Australia.

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