Fresh off a dominant victory over Kane Williamson-less New Zealand in the series decider in Raipur, Rohit Sharma-led Team India defeated the visitors in the third and final One Day International (ODI) to complete a memorable clean sweep on Tuesday. Rohit-led Team India hammered a dejected New Zealand side in the 3rd ODI by 90 runs to complete the Black Caps’ series whitewash at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
Indian opener Shubman Gill extended his phenomenal run as the batting in form hit a sublime century to tie Babar Azam’s world record in the three match series. Gill’s partner-in-crime and India captain Rohit hit his first century in 509 days in Indore. Rohit ended his three-year wait for a century in ODIs and equaled Ricky Ponting’s century record as India posted a massive total of 385-9 in 50 overs. In reply, New Zealand folded to 295 in 41.2 overs to extend its scoreless run on Indian soil on Tuesday.
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With the memorable victory over New Zealand, Rohit-led Team India has recaptured the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. Previously, New Zealand dropped to second place in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after Team India beat the Black Caps by 8 wickets in the second meeting of the three-match series at Raipur. India has overtaken England by taking the number 1 spot in the ODI Team Rankings. Two-time champion India has accumulated 5,010 points from 44 games. World champions England are second with 3,400 points in 30 ODI matches.
Former world champion Australia is third with 3,572 points (112 rating points), while New Zealand is now fourth in the latest ICC Team Rankings. While India tops the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with 114 rating points, England is second with 113 rating points. If England finally beat South Africa 3-0 in the upcoming ODI series, the Three Lions will replace Team India as the new table toppers in the men’s ODI ranking.