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India become No. 1 ODI team with series takeover over New Zealand | Cricket news

NEW DELHI: A new season. A new beginning. And India is ushering in a new era in ODI cricket. Team India put in an extended performance to whitewash New Zealand 3-0 and come out on top ICC ODI Rankings on Tuesday.
India recorded back-to-back ODI series clean sweeps at home. India had knocked out Sri Lanka before registering a 3-0 sweep against the Black Caps.

India ousted England, who became the number one ranked team just three days ago after New Zealand’s loss to India in the second ODI, to become the numero uno team in the ODIs.
Winning bilateral ODI series at home has become more than just a habit for the Men in Blue. Incredibly, since 2009, in 27 bilateral home series played by India, the team has won 24 and lost only 3.
Shubman Gill‘s purple patch continued with the Indian opener hitting another century, the second of the series. Gill (112 from 78) scored his fourth ODI hundred to propel India to a mammoth 385/9.
Rohit Sharma (101) also ended his three-year drought by crushing his 30th ODI ton, placing him alongside former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who also has the same number of centuries in 375 games.


In response, New Zealand’s top class put on a much better show. Devon Conway (138) but close crucial partnerships Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) struck regularly to knock out the Black Caps for 295 in 41.2 overs.
England is now behind India and New Zealand drops to fourth place. All three teams were tied on 113 points before Tuesday’s game, with their total points being the deciding difference.
India now has 114 rating points to England’s 113, while Australia climbs to third place with 112 rating points.
But England will have a chance to keep top spot if they manage to win their upcoming ODI series against South Africa 3-0.

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