India has achieved a remarkable milestone in men’s cricket by becoming only the second team in history to claim the top position in all three formats (Tests, ODIs, and T20 internationals).
This achievement was realized after India’s victory over Australia in the first ODI on Friday, catapulting them to the number one spot in the ODI rankings and surpassing arch-rivals Pakistan. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had previously reported that South Africa achieved this feat in 2012.
Prior to this achievement, India was already ranked number one in Tests and T20 internationals. Their five-wicket triumph over Australia in Mohali propelled them to a total of 116 rating points, narrowly edging out Pakistan by just one point.
Nonetheless, India’s top position could be in jeopardy if Australia, currently holding 111 points, manages to secure victories in the remaining two matches of the series, which serves as a warm-up for the World Cup.
If India emerge victorious in the series, they would enter the upcoming World Cup as the globally top-ranked ODI team. India’s recent victory over Australia showcased their exceptional form, with Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul restricting Australia to a total of 276 runs. Furthermore, half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav ensured a comfortable victory for the home team.