The ODI World Cup will be hosted by India from October 5 next month. Before this ICC tournament, the Indian cricket team achieved a big milestone. Team India reached the top of the ICC rankings by defeating the Australian team by 5 wickets in the opening ODI of the series in Mohali. Now he will have to do something else to remain number 1.
Benefits of victory in Mohali:
India defeated Australia by 5 wickets in the opening ODI match of the series played at PCA IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali. The Indian team achieved the target of 277 runs by losing 5 wickets with 8 balls remaining. While Mohammed Shami did wonders in bowling, four players scored half-centuries in batting. Shubhman Gill was the top scorer scoring 74 runs. Team India got the benefit of this victory in the ranking which became number 1 in ODI.
Number 1 in all three formats:
After the spectacular victory in the first ODI, the Indian team became number 1 in not just one but all three formats. India was already at the top in the ICC T20 and Test rankings. Now he has achieved the top position in the ODI rankings. India is the second team that has achieved the number 1 position in all three formats at the same time. Before India, this position was achieved by South Africa, which achieved this feat in the year 2012.
This is the mathematics to remain number 1:
Now the second ODI of the series between India and Australia is to be played today i.e. on Sunday, 24th September at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Whereas, the last ODI will be held on 27th September at SCA Stadium in Rajkot. If Team India wants to remain number 1 in all three formats, then it will have to win one of the remaining two ODIs against Australia. With this, India will enter the World Cup as number 1.
If Team India loses…
If the Australian team wins the last two ODIs to be held in Indore and Rajkot, then India will suffer a big loss. With this, India will slip to number 3 in the ODI rankings. Pakistan team will reach first place and Australia will reach number 2. Team India currently has 116 rating points in the ODI rankings, while Pakistan is in second place with 115 points. Australia is at number 3 with 111 points while South Africa is at fourth place with 106 points.