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Kohli, Warner chase top-ranked ODI batsman De Villiers

DUBAI, JAN 11 (IANS)
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Published on 11 Jan. 2017 10:15 PM IST
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India’s Virat Kohli, currently second in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day International (ODI) rankings, will have his eyes on the top spot, currently held by South African AB de Villiers, when he starts the three-match rubber against England, starting January 15.
The Delhi batsman, who will start his first series as full-time India skipper succeeding Mahendra Singh Dhoni, trails de Villiers by 13 points. Kohli, on the other hand, will be chased by swashbuckling Australian opener David Warner, who sits at No.3 and narrowly trails the India star by just two points.
In the team rankings, third-placed India will have an opportunity to narrow the gap with second-ranked South Africa, when the men-in-blue takes on fifth-ranked England. Australia leads the team rankings. With 111 points in their kitty, India can rise up to 114 points and trail the Proteas by just two points in case they manage to whitewash Eoin Morgan’s side.
However, if England manages a clean sweep of India, they can move up to the fourth and push Kohli’s boys to the fifth spot.
 Pakistan, meanwhile, will need to win at least one game in their five-match rubber against Australia, starting on Friday, to keep themselves in the hunt for an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England.
The green brigade is currently in eighth position on 89 points, three behind Bangladesh and three ahead of the West Indies.

 
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