India must win the upcoming five-match One-day series against New Zealand if they have to retain their number one status in the ICC team rankings. (Fit-again Tim Southee ready for India)
India are sitting atop the ICC team rankings table with 120 ratings points, and enter the series leading eighth-ranked New Zealand by 36 ratings points.
If India lose the series, starting Sunday in Napier, they will lose their numero uno status and as many as six ratings points. India have been the number-one ranked ODI side since January 2013, when they replaced England at the top. (Pace won't trouble India, says Simon Doull)