The Indian national cricket team became the top team in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after a clean sweep of the ODI series against the New Zealand national cricket team on Tuesday, January 24.
The Rohit Sharma– Captained India beat Tom Latham-led New Zealand by 90 runs to win the series 3-0 in the third ODI at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Tuesday, January 24. The Men in Blue dominated the high-scoring thriller by a narrow margin of 12 runs in the first ODI and by 8 wickets in the second ODI.
In the third ODI, India amassed a mammoth total of 385/9 in 50 overs after losing the toss and batting first. At one stage, it looked like 400-plus was easily possible, but the Kiwi bowlers did not allow the Indian middle-order batsmen to play big knocks.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill put on a batting display as they put on a remarkable stand of 212 off 157 balls. Rohit scored 101 off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, while Gill scored 112 off 78 balls, including 13 fours and 5 sixes.
Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Blair Tickner performed well with the ball. Tickner took three wickets and while Lockie and Santer went wicketless, they only conceded runs at an economy of 5.30 and 5.80 respectively.
Chasing the target, New Zealand lost Finn Allen for a wicket in the first over. However, Devon Conway batted superbly with Henry Nicholls and put on a brilliant 106-run partnership.
Conway batted brilliantly and scored 138 off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes, before being dismissed. However, other batsmen failed to register big scores and the Kiwis were bundled out for 295 in 41.2 overs. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each and Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik shared the remaining 4 wickets.
India has become the number one ODI team in the world
Prior to today’s match, England topped the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with 113 rating points and 3400 overall points, while New Zealand were at No. 2 with 113 rating points and 3166 overall points. Also, India was at number 3 with 113 rating points and 4847 overall points and Australia was at number 4 with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points.
After the Indore ODI, India became the number one ODI team in the world with 114 rating points and 5010 overall points. England is number 2 with 113 rating points and 3400 total points. Australia moved up to third place with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points and New Zealand dropped to fourth place with 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 number one spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings for the World Cup year.