IND vs NZ: India dethrones England to become number 1 team in ICC ODI ranking after whitewashing series over New Zealand


India National Cricket Team has become the top-ranked team in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after the ODI series clean sweep over the New Zealand national cricket team on Tuesday, January 24.

Rohit Sharma-led India defeated Tom Latham-led New Zealand by 90 points in the third ODI at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday 24 January to seal the series 3-0. The Men In Blue had won the high scoring thrilling first ODI by a slim margin of 12 runs and dominant the second ODI by 8 wickets.

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In the third ODI, losing the toss and batting first, India posted a huge total of 385/9 in 50 overs. At one point it looked like 400-plus was easily possible, but the Kiwi bowlers didn’t let the Indian mid-order hitters throw any big punches.

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Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showed batting exhibition as they put up a remarkable run of 212 runs in 157 balls. Rohit scored 101 runs off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, and Gill hit 112 runs off 78 balls, including 13 fours and 5 sixes.

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Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Blair Tickner performed well on the ball. Tickner took a three-wicket haul and, although Lockie and Santer went wicketless, they conceded runs with economies of just 5.30 and 5.80 respectively.

New Zealand chased down the target, losing to Finn Allen in the first over themselves to a duck. However, Devon Conway batted exceptionally well alongside Henry Nicholls and had a brilliant 106-run partnership.

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Conway batted brilliantly, scoring 138 runs off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes, before getting out. However, other batsmen failed to record big runs and the Kiwis were bowled out for 295 in 41.2 overs. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each, while Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik shared the remaining 4 wickets.

India Become the number 1 ODI team in the world

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Before today’s match, England were ranked first in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with 113 Rating Points and 3400 Overall Points and New Zealand were second with 113 Rating Points and 3166 Overall Points. Also, India ranked No. 3 with 113 Rating Points and 4847 Overall Points while Australia ranked No. 4 with 112 Rating Points and 3572 Overall Points.

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After the Indore ODI, India has become the No. 1 ODI team in the world with 114 rating points and 5010 overall points. England is number 2 with 113 rating points and 3400 overall points. Australia has moved up to third place with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points, while New Zealand has 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 1 position in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings in the World Cup year.

England. Image credit: Twitter

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