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Last Update on: September 15th, 2023 at 01:52 pm

The India National Cricket Team has climbed to the second position in the ICC Men’s ODI rankings following impressive performances in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023. The Pakistan National Cricket Team, which was at the top spot before the Asia Cup, has now slipped to third place.

The Rohit Sharma-led team has maintained an unbeaten record in the continental tournament. India’s first group-stage match against Pakistan ended in a no-result due to persistent rain. They secured a victory against Nepal in their second game to advance to the Super Four stage.

How India Can Regain the Top Spot In ODI Rankings?

In the Super Four stage, the Men in Blue triumphed over Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their first two games. They registered a convincing 228-run victory against Pakistan in the first Super Four game, followed by a 41-run victory against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

In the latest ODI rankings, the Rohit Sharma-led team is in second place with 116 points to their tally. The Babar Azam-led team has moved the third place with 115 points following their back-to-back losses. The five-time World champions, Australia, retained their place at the top with 118 points.

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India held the No. 1 spot until March 22 and can regain it if they win the Asia Cup and Australia loses the next two games against South Africa. India will face Bangladesh in their last Super Four match before the final match against Sri Lanka, scheduled in Colombo on September 17.

India Set To Face Australia In ODI Series Before World Cup

India and Australia will lock horns in a three-match ODI series just before the highly anticipated ODI World Cup 2023. The upcoming ODI series, which is scheduled to be played between September 22 and 27 in India, will be the last assignment for the two teams before the World Cup.

Team India will face England and the Netherlands in the warmup games, but these won’t be considered official international matches. India will play against the Pat Cummins-led team in their first match of the World Cup at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 8.

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