India men's cricket team replaces Pakistan at the top of the ICC ODI team rankings after their five-wicket win over Australia at Mohali's PCA IS Bindra Stadium on Friday, September 22. Now India dominates the no.1 rankings in all three formats in a rare and historic feat for the players and fans. The Men in Blue also became the only second team after South Africa to register this milestone in cricket history.
India, Pakistan and Australia are in contention to claim the top spot in the rankings ahead of the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Pakistan kept their top position in the rankings despite failing to make the Asia Cup 2023 final. But India's triumph in the continental tournament helped them close the gap and boost to the second position. The Men in Blue were on level with Pakistan with 115 points prior to the first ODI match against Australia and a win took them to the top position with 116 points.
In Tests, the Indian team tops the ICC rankings with 118 points, on a level with Australia and dominates in T20Is with 264 points, three more than the second-placed England team. India will enter the upcoming ICC World Cup as the no.1 team across formats if they secure a series win against Australia.
Updated ICC ODI Team Rankings after IND vs AUS 1st ODI:
- India - 116 points
- Pakistan - 115 points
- Australia - 111 points
- South Africa - 106 points
- England - 105 points
Meanwhile, KL Rahul-led Indian side produced an impressive all-round performance against Australia in Mohali. Mohammed Shami started in the place of the no.1 ODI bowler Mohammed Siraj and introduced his career-best figures in ODIs by taking five wickets. Australia managed to score a challenging total of 276 runs in 50 overs with David Warner top-scoring with 52 runs.
Indian openers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad gave India a flying start with a 142-run stand with the latter registering his maiden ODI fifty. Gill top-scored with 74 runs off 63 balls. India struggled for a bit after losing three wickets in quick succession but fifties form KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav guided India to a five-wicket win with eight balls remaining.