IND vs NZ: India reach spot in ODI rankings; Mohammad Siraj becomes No.1 ranked ODI bowler

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Mohammad Siraj (AP)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an update to the ODI team rankings, with India now claiming the top spot in both ODI and T20 cricket. The Indian team, led by captain Rohit Sharma, had a successful performance in ODIs, securing a 90-run win in the third ODI against New Zealand in Indore and ultimately whitewashing the team in the series.

India’s wins in the first match in Hyderabad, second in Raipur and third in Indore resulted in big gains in the rankings. India is now tied with New Zealand and England in rating points, with all three teams having 113 rating points.

After winning their third match, India reached 114 rating points, overtaking England and pushing New Zealand to fourth place with 111 rating points. In addition, Indian quick Mohammed Siraj has achieved the No.1 spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings for bowlers, surpassing New Zealand seamer Trent Boult and Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood.

Siraj’s rise has been remarkable, returning to the Indian ODI set up in February last year after a three-year hiatus and collecting 37 wickets from 20 matches. He was also named in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year, and his recent nine-wicket performance against Sri Lanka and four-wicket haul in the first match against New Zealand solidified his spot as the top-ranked ODI bowler.