The first ever ODI bilateral series win against South Africa in South Africa took Team India to no. 1 place in the ICC ODI Teams Rankings. Virat Kohli and men have reached top of the ODI Rankings for the third time in six months. The historical series victory came when India defeated South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI of the ongoing 6 match series.
After winning first two matches of the series, India had become the no. 1 ODI side but they had to win at least four of six matches to retain the top spot after the series. South Africa was the no.1 ranked ODI side before this series had started. South Africa had to either tie or win the series against India to stay at top of the ranking table. But, they have won only one match after five encounters. If India win sixth and last ODI, they will finish the series with 123 points while South Africa will go down to 117. Currently, India tops both ODI and Test Rankings with 122 and 121 points respectively.
India’s series opens the door for England at the moment. If England beat New Zealand 5-0 in the upcoming ODI series, England could move past South Africa at no. 2 in the rankings. Meanwhile Afghanistan have moved up to the 10th position after defeating Zimbabwe in the third ODI on Tuesday. Zimbabwe must win both remaining matches to reclaim 10th place or else Afghanistan will retain that spot after the series.
In the ODI Players Rankings, India captain Virat Kohli holds the top spot with 876 points followed by South Africa’s AB de Villiers who are just 4 points short of Kohli. Indian opener Rohit Sharma is at no. 4 with 816 points. Despite the poor performances in the series against India, leg-spinner Imran Tahir till at number one place in bowlers rankings. New Zealand’s Trent Boult and India’s Jasprit Bumrah are at no. 2 and 3 position respectively. Hasan Ali moved down to 5th place in the rankings.
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