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Key wins in India's rise to the top of the ODI rankings

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India completed a 3-0 series whitewash against New Zealand to go to the top of the ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings on Tuesday. Here's a look at back at some of their best wins over the last 12 months that have helped them reach the rankings pinnacle.

v West Indies, 1st ODI Ahmedabad, February 2022

Coming off four successive losses in away ODIs - including a series whitewash at the hands of South Africa - India were desperate to get that first win early in the home bilateral series against West Indies and did so in convincing fashion with a six-wicket triumph.

Even with their pace attack fairly inexperienced, India managed to bowl the visitors out for 176 and chased the target down in 28 overs to kickstart the series on a positive note. They went on to seal a 3-0 series victory and repeated the same on their away tour to the Caribbean Islands four months later.

v England, 3rd ODI Manchester, July 2022

Having lost three of their last four bilateral ODI series away from home, India travelled to Manchester for the third and final ODI of the England tour with the series poised at 1-1. 

Hardik Pandya picked up four wickets to help bowl England out for 259, but there was still work remaining. At 38/3 with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli back in the hut, India were in danger of an implosion when Rishabh Pant stepped up.

The wicketkeeper-batter put together a career-best knock of 125* from just 113 balls to seal India's thrilling win and a memorable series victory.

v South Africa, 3rd ODI Delhi, October 2022

With the series level 1-1 heading into the third and final ODI in Delhi, a second-string India team led by Shikhar Dhawan had its litmus test against a strong South African outfit. 

A series loss at home wasn't ideal for India and they produced a solid performance with the ball to take home the series trophy.

Bowling the Proteas out for a mere 99, India chased the target down in 19.1 overs for a statement victory that was full of merit.

v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI Chattogram, December 2022

India had already conceded the series heading into the final game and were now on a three-match losing streak, having also lost the only completed game on their New Zealand tour just prior to the series in Bangladesh.

Yet again, the team stepped up to turn the morale around with young star Ishan Kishan leading the way with a double century. Posting a mammoth 409, India recorded a huge 227-run victory to end the series on a high despite the unfavourable result in the previous two games.

v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Thiruvananthapuram, January 2023

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 166 formed the backbone of India's 390 in the final ODI of the bilateral series at home against Sri Lanka, but the real champion performance came with the ball.

Bowling the Lankans out for 73, India recorded a stunning 317-run win, the highest margin of victory in the history of the format. 

 

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