Indian Team's success against Kivis in the ongoing tri-series came with double bonanza. The team that started its campaign in the series with a win has become numero uno in the ICC ODI Rankings.
The India holds top position in the rankings with 128 points. The team shot to top rank after it defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Friday.
The victory against NZ becomes historic as the Team seize number one in ODI's. The rankings were introduced in October 2002.
Team India will have to work hard to maintain its top position as its predecessor South Africa, the team they toppled, is behind it by just one ratings point with 127.
Team India presently tops the rankings with 128 points while South Africa is No 2. Today's match against Sri Lanka is crucial for the India to continue as the ICC Rankings Topper.
Team Australia are number three with 123 points followed by New Zealand with 110 on fourth rank. Fifth position is held by Pakistan with 109 points. England who recently defeated Aussies in Tests are on No. 6 with 107 points.
It was a historic day for Indian cricket as Team India took over as the number one team in the ICC ODI rankings following their six-wicket victory against New Zealand , in Colombo, on Friday.
India, who received two points for the victory, now have 128 points. It helped them overtake South Africa and take the top spot in the ODI rankings for the first time since they were introduced in October 2002.
However, India will need to ensure that they beat Sri Lanka in the last league match of the tri-series on Saturday to stay atop the rankings. Defeat will see them slip to second position, behind South Africa, with 125 points.
If India beat Sri Lanka on Saturday, they will maintain their top standing with 129 points, but they need to win the tri-series final on Monday to ensure they remain number one.
If India lose both the matches to Sri Lanka, and if Australia beats England in the fourth ODI, India will slip to third behind South Africa and Australia.
ICC ODI Championship (as of September 11, 2009):
2 South Africa
5 Sri Lanka
7 New Zealand
8 West Indies