India National Cricket Team have become the top-ranked team in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings following the ODI series clean sweep over New Zealand National Cricket Team on Tuesday, January 24.
The Rohit Sharma-led India defeated the Tom Latham-led New Zealand by 90 runs in the third ODI at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24, to seal the series 3-0. The Men In Blue had won the high-scoring thrilling first ODI by a small margin of 12 runs and the second ODI dominantly by 8 wickets.
In the third ODI, losing the toss and batting first, India posted a huge total of 385/9 in 50 overs. At one stage, it looked like 400-plus was easily possible, but the Kiwi bowlers didn’t let the Indian middle-order batters play big knocks.
The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showcased a batting exhibition and they put up a remarkable 212-run stand in 157 balls. Rohit scored 101 runs off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, and Gill smashed 112 runs off 78 balls, including 13 fours and 5 sixes.
Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Blair Tickner performed well with the ball. Tickner bagged a three-wicket haul and even though Lockie and Santer went wicketless, they conceded runs at an economy of just 5.30 and 5.80 respectively.
Chasing the target, New Zealand lost Finn Allen in the first over itself for a duck. However, Devon Conway batted exceptionally well alongside Henry Nicholls and had a brilliant 106-run partnership.
Conway batted brilliantly and scored 138 runs off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes, before getting out. However, other batters failed to register big scores and the Kiwis were bundled out for 295 in 41.2 overs. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav bagged three wickets each while Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik shared the remaining 4 wickets.
India Become World No.1 ODI Team
Before today’s match, England were at the top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with 113 rating points and 3400 overall points and New Zealand were at the No.2 position with 113 rating points and 3166 overall points. Also, India were at the No.3 place with 113 rating points and 4847 overall points while Australia were at the No.4 position with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points.
After the Indore ODI, India have become the No.1 ODI team in the world with 114 rating points and 5010 overall points. England sit at the No.2 spot with 113 rating points and 3400 overall points. Australia have moved up into third place with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points while New Zealand have slipped to the fourth spot and have 111 rating points and 3229 overall points.
If England manage to win their upcoming ODI series against South Africa 3-0, they will once again claim the No.1 position in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings in the World Cup year.