India must defeat New Zealand in the forthcoming ODI series to maintain their top place in the ICC rankings as Australia and England are able to topple India from the perch.
Australia is presently ranked 2nd along with 114 ratings points, 6 ratings behind number-one ranked India, while England is ranked 3rd on 111 ratings points. Australia was last ranked number-one in July 2012, only to be surpassed by England who held the top place till December 2012.
Australia and England`s rise to the top place, however, is dependent on how India fare in their five-match series against host New Zealand, which starts on January 19 in Napier. For both England and Australia to go top, they’d not just need wins themselves, but also hope that New Zealand gets the better of India.