As supposedly, the silver lining has already started to appear in the sky of Indian Cricket. That sky, which once gloomed like a Monday morning blue after series of losses abroad in One Day International format of Cricket, has now started to display its true and blossoming colours. It was probably the dingy backlights of the recurrent losses in South Africa, New Zealand and not to forget, in the Asia Cup that had compelled Indian superpower to toggle down to rank 2. However, a single series against the mighty Queen’s eleven (read, England Cricket Team) has brought forth justice, right in front of them. With a clear cut difference of 1963 points, Team India seem to progress to the title holders of the ODI ranking for the declaration on the date of 31st August, 2014 by ICC.

As per the rating published by the International Cricket Council on 22nd August, 2014, India presumed the spot of second challengers to South Africa. Especially after losing their coveted spot of first place due to the shameful defeats against the Afros, the Kiwis and in the renowned Asia Cup, the World Champions were dipped in doubts regarding their potential to win abroad. But, Dhoni’s men seem to put them in all wrong as they have almost bagged the friendly series in England after winning two consecutive matches and a first match abandonment due to rain. This somewhat proves their mettle, Dhoni mentioned in an early press conference today.

The Men in Blues are currently standing at rank 1, positioned just after the Proteas and making a clear cut of 6485 vivid points and 114 points.

This is indeed a huge motive for a team who was else wise put in a deep sham of dismal performances. People started to demur, spectators started to thin away and the sponsors started to hesitate funding, however, all these omens have successfully been eradicated. With a firm belief, one can now easily hope that India will definitely prosper and do well to her utmost potential to defend the prestigious World Cup in the Competition to be held in Australia in 2015.

 

ICC ODI Championship Ranking.

Dated: 31 August 2014

Team

Matches

Points

Rating

India

57

6485

114

South Africa

40

4522

113

Sri Lanka

65

7245

111

Australia

38

4230

111

England

43

4575

106

Pakistan

50

4998

100

New Zealand

31

3031

98

West Indies

43

4107

96

Bangladesh

28

1940

69

Zimbabwe

30

1736

58

Afghanistan

13

550

42

Ireland

9

297

33