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July 7, 2009

India on top

M J Manohar Rao and Srinivas Bhogle

The 2-1 'away' series win against West Indies has taken India (66.00) to the top of the Rediff ODI Rankings. South Africa (65.46) are a mere whisker behind and could easily catch up, as indeed could Australia (64.32).

India have gained a lot of points because they have won five series consecutively, and, by winning 2-1 in the Caribbean, they also reversed their dismal 4-1 loss during their last outing there.

England (52.30) are in the middle of a winning streak with wins twice against the West Indies and a significant victory over South Africa within the last 12 months. Pakistan (44.78) are falling behind because they just aren't getting enough ODI games to play; and when they got their opportunity they blew it by failing to defeat Australia in UAE.

Table A shows the current ODI rankings.

TABLE A: CURRENT ODI RANKINGS (as on July 7, 2009)
Team WI TI ODI RBI=
WI * 0.80 + TI * 0.20
diff: 18.4.09 -> 7.7.09 Ranking
India 61.07 85.71 66.00 +4.09 1
South Africa 63.07 75.00 65.46 -0.39 2
Australia 65.82 58.33 64.32 +1.73 3
New Zealand 55.25 62.50 56.70 -1.40 4
England 46.62 75.00 52.30 +6.15 5
Sri Lanka 45.44 75.00 51.35 -2.10 6
Pakistan 50.98 20.00 44.78 -6.34 7
West Indies 37.96 0.00 30.37 -7.41 8
Bangladesh 13.17 25.00 15.54 +1.29 9
Zimbabwe 13.98 0.00 11.18 -0.02 10

The corresponding Reliance Mobile ICC ODI rankings (as on July 7, 2009) are South Africa (126), Australia (122), India (122), New Zealand (112), Pakistan (111), England (109), Sri Lanka (105), West Indies (90), Bangladesh (46) and Zimbabwe (23).

Details

The Rediff ODI rating, now published regularly over the last seven years, is a judicious combination of every team's weighted index (WI) and tournament index (TI).

The WI, based on the most recent ODI encounters between every pair of teams as shown in Table B, is essentially a weighted average that considers the 'opposition strength' (because wins against strong opponents must be rewarded more) and the 'home-away-neutral' factors (because teams usually win more at home, and lose more playing 'away').

The TI factors in a team's performance in tournaments and series (and thereby seeks to better reward wins in 'big' matches).

TABLE B: ODI SCORECARD (as on July 7, 2009; used to compute WI)
 
  Aus Ban Eng Ind NZ Pak RSA SL WI Zim
Australia   H  
  A  
N
    3 / 3 
  3 / 3 
3 / 4
  3 / 6 
  4 / 7 
2 / 2
  2.5/6 
  4.5/7 
1.5 / 2
  2.5/5 
  0 / 3 
2 / 2
  4 / 5 
  0 / 0 
3 / 5
1 / 5
  2 / 5 
2 / 2
3 / 4
  3 / 5 
4 / 4
  2.5/3 
5 / 5
3 / 5
  3.5/4 
4 / 4
0 / 0
Bangladesh   H  
  A  
N
  0 / 3  
  0 / 3 
1 / 4
    0 / 3 
  0 / 3 
0 / 1
  0 / 3 
0 / 0
1 / 3
  0 / 3 
  0 / 3 
0 / 3
  0 / 4 
0 / 6
0 / 2
  0 / 3 
  0 / 2 
1 / 2
  1 / 3 
  0 / 3 
0 / 4
  0.5/3 
  0 / 4 
0 / 2
  2 / 4 
  5 / 9 
1 / 1
England   H  
  A  
N
  3 /7 
  3 / 6 
0 / 2
  3 / 3 
  3 / 3 
1 / 1
    4 / 7 
0 / 5
0 / 2
  1.5/5 
  1.5/5 
2 / 5
  2.5/5 
2 / 5
1 / 1
  4 / 4 
  2 / 7 
0 / 1
  0 / 5 
  3 / 5 
3 / 5
  2 / 2 
  3/5 
1 / 1
  1.5/3 
  4 / 4 
1 / 1
India   H  
  A  
N
  2.5/7 
  3.5/6 
0.5 / 2
  0 / 0 
  3 / 3 
2 / 3
  5/ 5 
  3 / 7 
2 / 2
    1.5/3 
  3.5/5 
1 / 3
  3 / 5 
  5 / 7 
2 / 4
  2 / 4 
0 / 4
2 / 3
  2 / 3 
  4 / 5 
3.5/ 6
  3 / 5 
  2.5 / 4 
3 / 4
  3 / 5 
  2 / 2 
4 / 4
New Zealand   H  
  A  
N
  3 / 3 
  2.5/5 
0 / 2
3 / 3
  3 / 3 
3 / 3
3.5/5
  3.5/5 
3 / 5
 1.5/5  
  1.5/3 
2 / 3
    4 / 5 
  0 / 5 
1 / 1
  5 / 6 
  1/3 
2 / 2
  2/4  
  0 / 0 
0 / 2
  3 / 5 
  2.5/6 
3 / 4
  1 / 3 
  2 / 2 
1 / 1
Pakistan   H  
  A  
N
  0 / 0 
  1 / 5 
2 / 5
  6 / 6 
  4 / 4 
2 / 2
  3 / 5 
  2.5/5 
0 / 1
  2 / 7 
  2 / 5 
2 / 4
  5 / 5 
  1 / 5 
0 / 1
    2 / 5 
  1 / 4 
0 / 1
  1 / 3 
  2.5/3 
2 / 3
3 / 4
3 / 4
3 / 3
  5 / 5 
  5 / 5 
3 / 3
South Africa   H  
  A  
N
  3 /5 
4 / 5
0 / 2
  2 /2 
3 / 3
1 / 2
5 / 7
  0 / 4 
1 / 1
4 / 4
  2/ 4 
1 / 3
  2/3 
  1 / 6 
0 / 2
  3 / 4 
  3 / 5 
1 / 1
    4.5/6 
  0 / 5 
4 / 6
5/5
  6 / 6 
0 / 1
  3 / 3 
  3 / 3 
3 / 3
Sri Lanka   H  
  A  
N
  2 / 5 
  1 / 4 
0 / 4
  3 / 3 
  2 / 3 
4 / 4
  2 / 5 
  5 / 5 
2 / 5
  1 / 5 
  1 / 3 
2.5 / 6
  0 / 0 
  2 / 4 
2 / 2
  0.5/3 
  2 / 3 
1 / 3
  5 / 5 
  1.5/6 
2 / 6
    1 / 2 
  0.5/3 
1 / 1
  2 / 2 
  5 / 5 
2 / 2
West Indies   H  
  A  
N
0 / 5
  0.5/3 
2 / 5
4 / 4
  2.5/3 
2 / 2
  2/5 
  0 / 2 
0 / 1
  1.5 / 4 
  2 / 5 
1 / 4
  3.5/6 
  2 / 5 
1 / 4
1 / 4
1 / 4
0 / 3
  0 / 6 
0/5
1 / 1
  2.5/3 
 1 / 2 
0 / 1
    6.5/7 
  3 / 4 
1 / 1
Zimbabwe   H  
  A  
N
  0 / 4 
  0.5/4 
0 / 0
  4 / 9 
  2 / 4 
0 / 1
  0 / 4 
  1.5/3 
0 / 1
  0 / 2 
  2 / 5 
0 / 4
  0 / 2 
  2 / 3 
0 / 1
  0 / 5 
  0 / 5 
0 / 3
  0 / 3 
  0 / 3 
0 / 3
  0 / 5 
  0 / 2 
0 / 2
  1 / 4 
  0.5/7 
0 / 1
 

The TI is currently based on a time 'window' spanning the last 12-13 months; i.e. the period July 2008 to July 2009 (see Table C).

TABLE C: TOURNAMENT POINTS TALLY (as on July 7, 2009; used to compute TI)
Team WI vs A
Jun-
Jul 08
Asia
Cup

Jun-
Jul 08
SL vs I
Aug 08
E vs SA
Aug-
Sep 08
A vs B
Aug-
Sep 08
B vs NZ
Oct 08
SA vs B
Nov 08
WI vs
P
Nov 08
I vs E
Nov 08
Z vs SL
Nov 08
NZ vs WI
Dec 08-
Jan 09
Tri-Nation
Jan 09
B vs Z
Jan 09
P vs SL
Jan 09
A vs SA
Jan 09
SL vs I
Jan-
Feb 09
A vs NZ
Feb 09
NZ vs I
Mar 09
WI vs E
Mar-
Apr 09
SA vs A
Apr 09
P vs A
Apr-
May 09
E vs WI
May 09
WI vs I
Jun-
Jul 09
Score TI
Australia 1 / 1       1 / 1                   0 / 1   0.5 / 1     0 / 1 1 / 1     3.5 / 6 58.33
Bangladesh   0 / 2     0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1         1 / 2 1 / 1                     2 / 8 25.00
England       1 / 1         0 / 1                   1 / 1     1 / 1   3 / 4 75.00
India   1 / 2 1 / 1           1 / 1             1 / 1   1 / 1         1 / 1 6 / 7 85.71
New Zealand           1 / 1         1 / 1           0.5/1 0 / 1           2.5 / 462.50
Pakistan   0 / 2           1 / 1           0 / 1             0 / 1     1 / 5 20.00
South Africa       0 / 1     1 / 1               1 / 1         1 / 1       3 / 4 75.00
Sri Lanka   2 / 2 0 / 1             1 / 1   2 / 2   1 / 1   0 / 1               6 / 8 75.00
West Indies 0 / 1             0 / 1     0 / 1               0 / 1     0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 5 0.00
Zimbabwe                   0 / 1   0 / 2 0 / 1                     0 / 4 0.00

Our next update will appear after the forthcoming Sri Lanka - Pakistan series in Sri Lanka.

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