India need to win the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka to retain their number one position in the ICC T20I Championship table.
India, who had vaulted seven places to first after sweeping aside Australia last week, host World T20 defending champion Sri Lanka in a three-match series starting in Pune on Wednesday.
In contrast, Sri Lanka will also aim to win the series, which will help it leapfrog India and the West Indies to the top spot.
If India wins the series 3-0, the hosts will maintain its top spot while Sri Lanka will drop to seventh position.
For that matter, if India wins series 2-1 they will maintain their numero uno spot but Sri Lanka will climb to fourth spot.
But in case Sri Lanka wins the series 3-0, the islanders will dislodge India from the top position and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side will drop to seventh spot.
If Sri Lanka wins the series 2-1 then they will jump to the top spot while India will drop as low as seventh in the chart.
Among bowlers, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin will start in second place, 81 points behind number-one ranked Sunil Narine of the West Indies, while Lasith Malinga is sixth, Nuwan Kulasekara is 10th and Ravindra Jadeja is 18th.
In the all-rounders’ list, Yuvraj will enter the series in seventh position, 15 points behind fifth-ranked Mathews, who has been rested.
Australia’s Shane Watson is ranked number one, 89 points ahead of Yuvraj.