India have ascended to the pinnacle of the ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings, clinching the No.1 spot following victory over Australia in the first match at Mohali on Friday.
This triumph also helped them script a remarkable feat of becoming the No.1 ranked side in all three formats, achieved only by South Africa previously in 2012.
With a resounding win in the first ODI,the men in blue, boasting 116 rating points, dethroned Pakistan, who previously held the top position with 115 points. Meanwhile, Australia maintain their third-place standing, albeit with a reduced total of 111 points, having lost two points due to this defeat.
This victory now propels India to the top of cricket rankings across all formats, solidifying their status as the No.1 team. India had already claimed the top position in Test matches and T20 Internationals, making this a remarkable triple crown achievement.
The first ODI against Australia witnessed the hosts secure a commanding five-wicket victory. A standout performance in the bowling department came from Mohammed Shami, who scalped five wickets as Australia were all out for 276.
In reply, Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad notched up half-centuries, crafting an impressive 142-run partnership for the opening wicket. Despite encountering a few hiccups in the middle overs, fifties from skipper KL Rahul and Surykumar Yadav steered the Indian team to a resounding victory.
India achieve No.1 ranking in ODIs
The race for the top spot in the ODI team rankings has witnessed intense competition in recent times, with India, Pakistan, and Australia vying for supremacy during the Asia Cup and Australia's ODI series against South Africa.
Pakistan had managed to cling onto their No.1 status, even though they didn't make it to the Asia Cup final. Both India and Australia had opportunities to ascend to the ODI summit in the last month but faltered at crucial junctures.
With Australia's recent loss in the first ODI, their chances of reclaiming the No.1 position heading into the World Cup have dwindled. Nevertheless, Pakistan still harbour hopes of regaining the top spot, depending on Australia's performance in the remaining two matches.
This recent accomplishment by India is evidence of their cricketing dominance in all formats of the game.
In Test cricket, India have displayed commendable consistency, earning a spot in the World Test Championship Final for the second consecutive time in June, though they did not win the title in either attempt.
In the T20 format, their performance is equally impressive, reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in 2022. Their record in bilateral T20I series is particularly noteworthy, having lost just one out of 14 series since the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup.