India regain the top spot in ICC ODI Rankings after beating Australia in the 5th ODI

Virat Kohli aimed at regaining the top spot by bringing in his winning combination and it worked at Nagpur as India gain the first slot back

India have been eyeing the No.1 spot for quite a while after becoming the undisputed champions in the Tests. They dethroned South Africa after winning the 3rd ODI at Indore but lost a few fraction of points and slipped to the second spot after losing to Australia in the Bengaluru ODI. India will be looking to maintain their rankings with another ODI series coming up against  New Zealand in the third week of October. It will be a big relief for skipper Virat Kohli as he aimed for the No.1 spot ahead of the 5th ODI and that’s why brought his in-form bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav into the side.

India have recorded their 6th bilateral series win on the trot. The only tournament they have won in 2017 is the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in which they lost in the final to Pakistan. On the other hand, Australia’s rankings might take a hit in ODIs as England are breathing down their neck and might surpass them with another ODI left to play against West Indies at home.

The 5th ODI went into India’s favour quite early in the second innings as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane shared third-century partnership on the trot. Rohit scored his 14th ODI century and helped India win the match with 43 balls to spare.

Now, India will be looking to get to the top spot in ICC T20I rankings. They are currently in the 5th spot. India have a chance to reach the top if they manage to win three T20Is against Australia followed by the three T20I matches against New Zealand.

India will be playing their first T20I against Australia on October 7. India are yet to win a T20I against New Zealand against whom the hosts will be playing in the month of November.

Current ODI rankings

Rank    Team            Points

  1. India                      120
  2. South Africa         119
  3. Australia               114
  4. England                114
  5. New Zealand       111
  6. Pakistan                95
  7. Bangladesh          94
  8. Sri Lanka             86
  9. West Indies         77
  10. Afghanistan        54
  11. Zimbabwe           52
  12. Ireland                41