India might be lagging way behind Australia in the Test rankings but the current World Cup holders are just 0.2 points behind the top-of-the-table Kangaroos in the ODI chart, according to the latest ICC release.
The cancellation of their third ODI against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam due to cyclone 'hudhud' has cost India a chance to regain the number one spot even as Australia grabbed the numero uno position in the ICC rankings issued on Monday.
Although India won`t play their next ODI before the month of June, Virat Kohli has managed to maintain his top spot among the ICC`s list of ODI batsmen while his compatriot Ravindra Jadeja is among the top-five in both bowlers` and all-rounders` list.
Star batsman Virat Kohli lost his top position to AB de Villiers while most of his teammates, barring skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, also slipped in the latest ICC one-day rankings issued on Thursday after the 0-2 series loss to South Africa.
With the forthcoming ODI series between India and Australia billed as a fight for claiming the number one position in the ICC rankings, the host boardcasters STAR Sports has launched a marketing campaign with the theme `Fight for No 1`.
World champions India will resume their battle with World Twenty20 winner England for top ranking in the ODI Championship table when the two sides lock horns in the one-day series starting in Hyderabad on Friday.