Indian team is currently the number one T20 team in the ICC rankings and the world’s number two Test team. And now Team India has a golden opportunity to become the number one ODI team in the world too. They just have to defeat New Zealand in the three match ODI series that begins tomorrow.
Yes! you read that right, if Men in Blue are successful in defeating the host by 3-0 then India will become the number one team in ICC ODI rankings as well. Which simply means that Team India will become the number 1 team of white ball cricket.
The first ODI match between India and New Zealand will be played tomorrow at 7:00 am (IST) in Auckland. In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan will lead team India in the ODI series. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Men in Blue defeated New Zealand by 1-0 in the T20 series and now its their turn to rule the ODI series as well.
ICC ODI Rankings
Currently on the ICC ODI rankings, New Zealand is on the top spot with 114 points and India is at number three with 112 points. If Team India defeats New Zealand by 3-0 in the three-match ODI series, then they will get 116 points and will become the world’s number 1 ODI team. Moreover, after losing by 3-0 in the ODI series at the hands of India, New Zealand will slip down to fourth spot with 108 points.
Another Big Record!
Team India also has a chance to make another big record during the New Zealand tour. By winning the ODI series against black caps, India can make a record of winning the sixth consecutive ODI series. Men in Blue have earlier won One Day International series against West Indies, England, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Against the West Indies, India has won two ODI series in 2022. Hence, if they win 6th consecutive ODI series, then Team India add another feather to their caps.