Following their remarkable five-wicket victory over Australia at Mohali's PCA IS Bindra Stadium on Friday, September 22, the India men's cricket team has ascended to the pinnacle of the ICC ODI team rankings. India's ascendancy to the top position in all three formats of the game is a rare and impressive achievement.
With their five-wicket triumph, the Indian cricket team accomplished the feat of becoming the second nation to hold the top spot in all three formats of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Rankings. This victory in Mohali propelled them to 116 rating points, surpassing Pakistan and securing the coveted top position. Consequently, India now proudly occupies the number one spot in the ODI, T20I, and Test rankings.
India’s second-string ODI squad made a strong start in the three-match ODI series by defeating Australia in Mohali on Friday, September 22. Thanks to impressive bowling by Mohammed Shami and a superb performance by Shubman Gill at the top of the order, the Indian team secured a convincing five-wicket victory over Australia, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. The match also featured notable fifties from Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
In pursuit of a target of 277, the Indian team commenced their innings with great vigor, with Gaikwad and Gill establishing an ideal foundation for the middle order. Together, they constructed an impressive 142-run partnership for the opening wicket, until Gaikwad’s departure after scoring 71 runs off 77 deliveries. Shreyas Iyer, who had limited opportunities at the Asia Cup, unfortunately couldn’t capitalize on his chance and was dismissed for three runs. While Gill appeared poised for another century, he couldn’t convert his promising start and was bowled by Adam Zampa after scoring 74 runs.
The two sides are set to face each other again on Sunday, September 24, presenting India with an opportunity to clinch the series. The third ODI between the two teams is also scheduled for September 27.
Mohammed Shami ,Player of the Match: (On bowling longer spells in the heat) It depends on the captain and the game situation, but despite the heat you feel like bowling 4-5 overs with the new ball. I enjoyed the wicket of Marsh, that’s a different feeling when you get the outside edge, when you control your swing nicely.
KL Rahul,Captain Team India: Not the first time, always happens with me. I’m used to it, I love it. I think the intensity in the afternoon was great, after Colombo this felt like heaven in the start but it was really hot and humid. It gets tough and physically challenging, but we’ve all worked on our fitness and that’s showing on the field. We only played five bowlers, so they had to bowl 10 overs. After Shubman got out, it was a bit tricky with the set batter out. But managed to build a good partnership with Surya, need to put myself in such challenging situations.
Pat Cummins: Personally, happy to be back. Good to get my first game in India. A few guys batted well, few guys bowled well but overall not good enough. (On injuries) They’d probably not be ready for the second game, maybe the third game. Maxi has just arrived in India. Smith’s first hit as well, and Davey was brilliant.