Pakistan’s cricketing triumphs continue to make waves as the team secures the coveted No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. Their resounding 3-0 whitewash against Afghanistan not only solidified their dominance but also propelled them to overtake Australia and claim the pinnacle of ODI cricket. This remarkable achievement raises the question: where does arch-rival India stand in the ODI rankings?
Pakistan’s journey to the No. 1 ranking has been punctuated by a string of victories, including comprehensive wins against Afghanistan with a 142-run victory in the first ODI and a nail-biting 1-wicket triumph in the second match. The series whitewash was a testament to their unwavering form and determination.
Under the captaincy of Babar Azam, Pakistan displayed an impressive performance in the third ODI. Opting to bat first, the Men in Green reached a total of 268 for 8 in 50 overs, with notable contributions from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Afghanistan’s chase faltered as they were bowled out for 209 runs, securing Pakistan’s victory by a margin of 59 runs.
As Pakistan celebrates their newfound status as the No. 1 ODI team, the cricketing world turns its attention to the position of their arch-rivals, India, in the ODI rankings. With an upcoming clash in the Asia Cup 2023 scheduled for September 2 in Kandy, the match promises a fierce battle between the two cricketing powerhouses. While Pakistan’s ranking has surged, India’s position in the rankings holds significant intrigue, adding an extra layer of excitement to the highly anticipated encounter.