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Here’s how India can attain No.1 ranking in all 3 formats

India's captain Virat Kohli
India's captain Virat Kohli

Team India has been on a rampage in the past few months across all formats. Virat Kohli and his men have been ruthless on every opposition they faced in the recent times. They are currently sitting pretty at the top of both Test and ODI rankings which has happened for the first time in the Indian cricketing history since the rankings were introduced.

The men in blue have the opportunity to achieve a unique feat of attaining No.1 ranking in all three formats. India is currently placed at No.5 in the T20I rankings with a rating of 116. They are scheduled to play 9 T20Is this year, 3 each against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

If the team manages to win the 3 T20Is against Australia and then, all 3 against New Zealand, they will move to No.1 ranking for the shortest format of the game. They have a massive lead of 15 rating in Test rankings over the 2nd placed South Africa and that pole position is not under threat in the near future.

India needs to ensure they stay at the top of ODI ranking at the end of New Zealand series and win all 6 T20Is that follow to become the No.1 in all 3 formats. While it’s not going to be easy for them to win all the 6 games, yet the form this team has been in, the possibility of that happening can’t be counted out.

ICC Test Team Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 36 4,493 125
2  South Africa 31 3,395 110
3  England 43 4,497 105
4  New Zealand 32 3,114 97
5  Australia 34 3,294 97
6  Pakistan 31 2,868 93
7  Sri Lanka 36 3,229 90
8  West Indies 30 2,260 75
9  Bangladesh 20 1,471 74
10  Zimbabwe 10 0 0

ICC ODI Team Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 48 5,764 120
2  South Africa 50 5,957 119
3  Australia 50 5,709 114
4  England 53 6,029 114
5  New Zealand 46 5,123 111
6  Pakistan 41 3,885 95
7  Bangladesh 31 2,905 94
8  Sri Lanka 59 5,088 86
9  West Indies 39 3,013 77
10  Afghanistan 30 1,618 54
11  Zimbabwe 41 2,129 52
12  Ireland 25 1,028 41

ICC T20I Team Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 New Zealand 13 1625 125
2 Pakistan 20 2417 121
3 West Indies 20 2395 120
4 England 17 2029 119
5 India 20 2328 116
6 Australia 13 1431 110
7 South Africa 18 1983 110
8 Sri Lanka 21 1961 93
9 Afghanistan 25 2157 86
10 Bangladesh 15 1168 78

-Updated before the 4th ODI between India and Australia

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Written by Cricadium Staff

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