After the 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka (46.13), India (60.21) ended 2009 in the Rediff ODI Rankings in second place.
South Africa (56.02) dropped to the third place after losing at home to England (44.88).
Australia (70.84) stay on top, but aren't looking as dominating as they used to.
Table A shows the current ODI rankings.
Bangladesh (30.71) edged ahead of the West Indies (28.75) after a strong record of series wins in 2009, including that away win against a depleted West Indies.
Bangladesh, however, start 2010 with a stern test against India and Sri Lanka.
|TABLE A: CURRENT ODI RANKINGS (as on January 3, 2009)|
WI * 0.80 + TI * 0.20
|diff: 12.11.09 -> 3.1.10||Ranking|
The corresponding Reliance Mobile ICC ODI rankings (as on January 3, 2010) are Australia (130), India (123), South Africa (119), New Zealand (112), England (109), Pakistan (108), Sri Lanka (105), West Indies (76), Bangladesh (55) and Zimbabwe (26).
The Rediff ODI rating, now published regularly for eight years, is a judicious combination of every team's weighted index (WI) and tournament index (TI).
The WI, based on 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). The TI is currently based on a time window spanning the last 12-13 months, i.e. December 2008 to December 2009.
Our next update will appear after the Tri-Nation tournament in Bangladesh and Pakistan's ODI series in Australia.