ICC ODI Rankings: India Retain Top Spot After Dominant World Cup Victory Over Pakistan
guiding With their third straight victory in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the Men in Blue continued their winning streak.
With a decisive victory over Pakistan on Saturday, the Rohit Sharma-led Indian squad cemented their position atop the ICC Men's ODI Rankings.
With their third straight victory in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the Men in Blue continued their winning streak.
Pakistan had an opportunity to surpass their neighbours in the ODI rankings and win their first match in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup against India.
But an easy seven-wicket victory ensured that India would stay atop the standings, as they increased their record against Pakistan in the World Cup to 8-0.
In their first three games, the hosts have beaten Australia and Pakistan, two formidable teams, demonstrating their exceptional form as they look to put an end to their arduous and frustrating wait for an ICC trophy this year.
Despite their loss, Pakistan is still ranked second, followed by a highly successful South Africa in third place.
Australia's campaign began with back-to-back losses, dropping them to fourth place after a difficult start to the competition.
The top five in the world are rounded off by New Zealand, with England, the reigning World Cup winners, coming in sixth.
Only a few weeks before the major tournament, Australia, Pakistan, and India were the top-ranked teams, and the competition heated up.
However, the Indian squad, which has already surpassed the Babar Azam-led Pakistan in all three categories, appears to be in excellent form and will likely do admirably in the competition, solidifying their position in the rankings.
Speaking of the game, India chose to bowl first after winning the toss and dismissed Pakistan for just 191 runs in 42.5 overs.
They had no trouble chasing the goal thanks to Rohit, who led from the front with a half-century to move his team closer to victory before being removed for 86.
With seven wickets remaining, Shreyas Iyer completed the match in 30.3 overs after reaching a half-century.
In their upcoming match, the Men in Blue will take against Bangladesh with the goal of maintaining their winning momentum by showcasing their world-class performance.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be hoping to recover from their defeat on Saturday in order to advance to a later matchup with their neighbours.