The race for the number one position in ODIs is heating up as the ODI World Cup 2023 approaches in less than a month. Three teams are vying for the coveted top spot ahead of this cricketing spectacle. Australia‘s recent defeat to South Africa in the third ODI of their ongoing away series has boosted India‘s prospects of regaining the number one ranking in ODIs since March 22nd of this year.

Currently, Australia and Pakistan are neck to neck at the top of the ICC ODI standings with 118 points each, while India closely trail on second place with 116 points.

The outcome of Pakistan’s last Super Four encounter against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 this Thursday will play a pivotal role in determining their chances to maintain the top spot in ODIs leading up to the World Cup.

For the Green team to secure a spot in the Asia Cup final against India, they must register a victory against Sri Lanka in the upcoming Super Four match on Thursday.

If India triumph in the Asia Cup final, it would significantly undermine Pakistan’s chances of retaining their top-ranking position. Conversely, should Pakistan emerge as champions in the Asia Cup, they will maintain their undisputed No. 1 ranking in ODIs. In contrast, India’s ranking will decline in anticipation of the World Cup.

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How can India achieve the top spot

For India to regain the coveted No.1 spot in the ODI rankings, the Men in Blue must emerge as champions in the ongoing Asia Cup. Their chances also hinge on Australia’s performance, as India need Australia to lose their remaining matches against South Africa. Even after a disappointing loss in the third ODI on Tuesday, Australia remain a strong contender to secure the top-ranked position ahead of the World Cup. Pat Cummins led side can regain the No. 1 spot in the ODI rankings by winning their remaining two matches against the Proteas.

The forthcoming three-match series between Rohit Sharma led Indian side and the Australia team holds significant importance as it could play a pivotal role in deciding which team secures the No. 1 ranking spot leading up to the World Cup.

It’s worth noting that India will participate in more matches than the other two contenders as they vie for the top spot ahead of the upcoming multi-nation tournament.

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