Even with the late inclusion of the South Africa Tests the odds certainly are against India for the gap between them and Graeme Smith's men is just two points.
A series win against Bangladesh will not count for much and there is every opportunity for South Africa to regain the top spot with an emphatic victory in the ongoing series against England.
The chances of Australia making it back to the top too cannot be ruled out.
Currently occupying the third spot, their advantage is that they have a lot of cricket for besides the ongoing series against West Indies they have contests against Pakistan and New Zealand coming up early in 2010.
India's big chance to keep their newly acquired numero uno slot would be victory over South Africa for their three Test series against New Zealand is late in the year.
All in all, the stage is set for a pretty interesting tussle on the cards over the next few months.In Image: Indian team have a fair chance to claim the number one position in One-Day Internationals