A new season. A new beginning. And with that, ODI cricket enters a new era with India. Team India put up a strong showing to defeat New Zealand 3-0 and take the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings on Tuesday.
India won back-to-back ODI series at home without losing a game. India defeated the Black Caps 3-0 after blanking Sri Lanka first.
India overtook England to take the top spot in the ODI rankings, which it had held for just three days after New Zealand’s defeat against India in the second ODI.
The Men in Blue have developed more than just a habit of winning bilateral ODI series at home. Amazingly, India has won 24 and lost only 3 of the 27 home bilateral series it has played since 2009.
Shubman The Indian opener extended his hot streak by hitting his second series-high century. India reached a massive 385/9 thanks to Gill’s fourth ODI century (112 off 78), which gave India the victory.
With his 30th ODI century, Rohit Sharma (101) broke a three-year century drought and matched Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, who has the same number of hundreds in 375 games.
In response, the top-order of New Zealand played significantly better. Crucial partnerships were forged by Devon Conway (138), but Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) consistently struck to dismiss the Black Caps for 295 in 41.2 overs.
New Zealand is currently ranked fourth, while England is presently below India. Prior to Tuesday’s game, all three teams were tied on 113 points, with the difference in their total points serving as the decisive factor.
India currently leads England with 114 rating points to 113, while Australia climbs to third with 112 points.
But if England wins their upcoming ODI series against South Africa 3-0, they will have a chance to keep the top rank.