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India need to draw New Zealand Test series to retain second position in ICC rankings

Press Trust of India
Feb 04, 2014 at 01:16pm IST

Dubai: India will retain their number two position in the ICC Test Team Rankings if they win or draw the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Thursday.

A 2-0 series win will fetch India one rating point to take them to 118 points with no change in the table.

While a 1-0 result would see India losing five points to end on 112 ratings points, just one ahead of third-ranked Australia, though they would still remain on second position.

India need to draw NZ Test series to retain second position in ICC rankings

A 2-0 series win will fetch India one rating point to take them to 118 points with no change in the table. (Getty Images)

A 0-0 or 1-1 draw will allow both the teams to maintain their pre-series rankings.

In case New Zealand, who are currently on eighth position with 82 points, win the series 2-0 then they will jump to 88 ratings points, while India will fall to 110.

New Zealand will leapfrog the West Indies into seventh position if they win the series 1-0.

In fact, the Black Caps can move ahead of Sri Lanka in sixth place, provided they beat India 2-0 and Bangladesh win the second Test against Sri Lanka to draw the series 1-1.

A 1-0 series win for New Zealand will mean it will join West Indies on 87 points but will be ranked in seventh position when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara (5th) and vice-captain Virat Kohli (11th) have excellent opportunities to climb up the ladder in the ICC Test batsmen's table.

It will be golden chance for in-form Kohli to enter the top-10 for the first time in his career.

Ravichandran Ashwin, at seventh spot, starts off the series as the highest-ranked Indian Test bowler.

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