India celebrate after an ODI win over Sri Lanka. Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – India have missed out on a chance to be the world's top-ranked ODI side after losing to Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded series.

India needed to complete a 3-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka to depose South Africa at the top of the ICC ODI Rankings but that was ruled out early as they lost the opening match on a seaming track in Dharamsala on December 10.

There has, therefore, been no change of positions in the world rankings which were released by the ICC (International Cricket Council) on Monday.

The next ODI series will be between New Zealand and the West Indies starting on Wednesday in Whangarei, New Zealand. Three matches will be played.

New Zealand v Windies ODI series itinerary:

  • December 20: 1st ODI, Whangarei
  • December 23: 2nd ODI, Christchurch
  • December 26: 3rd ODI, Christchurch

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of December 18, after the India-Sri Lanka series and before the New Zealand-Windies series):

  1. South Africa 121
  2. India 119 
  3. Australia 114
  4. England 114
  5. New Zealand 111
  6. Pakistan 99
  7. Bangladesh 92
  8. Sri Lanka 84 (-1)
  9. West Indies 77
  10. Afghanistan  54
  11. Zimbabwe  52
  12. Ireland 41

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