Kane Williamson, ICC Spirit of The Cricket Award 2018
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New Zealand Cricket team under the leadership of Kane Williamson will aim to leapfrog Indian National Cricket team in the ICC ODI Rankings when the five-match series commences from January 23 (Wednesday).

Meanwhile, both the teams are coming on the back of some strong performances from their recent series. While India registered their first-ever Test series and bilateral ODI series win on Australian soil, the Kiwis defeated Sri Lanka across formats. And with the ICC World Cup in sight, both the sides will aim to fix their team combination ahead of the showpiece event.

Kiwis have a good record against India

India and New Zealand are currently in the second and third spot respectively in the ICC ODI team rankings. Both the sides have done exceedingly well in the last 24 months. Moreover, the Black Caps are slightly ahead of Virat Kohli & Co with a good record against India at home.

New Zealand vs India 2019: Host New Zealand In Line to Overtake India in ICC ODI Rankings
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They have defeated the men in blues 21 times in 35 games at home. They also enjoy a remarkable win percentage of over 75 on home turf since the 2015 World Cup losing only eight games out of 27 played. In addition to, they thrashed India 4-0 in the five-match series when they toured the country back in 2014.

New Zealand in line to leapfrog India

Meanwhile, going their dominance at their own backyard, the Kane Williamson led side will have a chance to leapfrog India in the rankings. If New Zealand manages to win all the five games of the series, they stand a chance to gain the No.2 spot, while India will slip to the third. India are presently have 121 points in the ICC Rankings chart, while New Zealand finds themselves eight points less.

Followed by the five-match ODI series, Indian National Cricket team will also play a three-match T20I series to culminate the tour.

Ankush Das

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