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Here is what India needs to do to become No.1 ranked team in ODI cricket

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Team India have long been praised for their impeccable performance as far as the 50-over format is concerned. The Men in Blue have won two ODI World Cups (1983, 2011) in their history. 

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Recently, they made it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup but didn’t have enough teeth to get the better of the England cricket team at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. 

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Meanwhile, the Indian players are currently in New Zealand for an important white-ball assignment. The T20I series between India and New Zealand came to a close recently with the series ending in India’s favour. 

India beat New Zealand by 1-0 in the T20I series as the visitors’ win over the Black Caps came during the second T20I at Bay Oval. India beat New Zealand by 65 runs, thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s stellar century (111* off 51).

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Here is what India needs to do to become No.1 ranked team in ODI cricket

Meanwhile, Team India are preparing for the ODI assignment, with the first ODI scheduled to be held on November 25, Friday at Eden Park in Auckland. Currently, India are third on the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings.

The Men in Blue have accumulated 3802 points with 112 rating. England are second on the rankings with 3400 points and 113 rating whereas New Zealand are sitting on top of the Men’s ODI Team Rankings. 

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The Black Caps have collected 2508 points with 114 rating. However, Team India can topple New Zealand from numero uno spot if they can pull off a masterful performance in the ODI series. 

If the Men in Blue can inflict a 3-0 whitewash on the Black Caps, then India can go on to become the No.1 team in the ICC ODI Team Rankings. Shikhar Dhawan has been named the acting captain in Rohit Sharma’s absence for the ODI series whereas Rishabh Pant has been named the vice-captain.

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India ODI squad:

Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC and WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik

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