India claimed the top place in the ICC ODI rankings after their win over England in Ranchi coupled with South Africa’s loss to New Zealand later in the day. Their present competitors, England, are No. 2 with 118 points.
Even before the series had started, there’s a keen fight for the No. 1 ranking. India was placed 3rd and England were 2nd behind South Africa. India lost the 1st ODI at Rajkot though, which took England to the No. 1 position ahead of South Africa. After the Kochi defeat, England and South Africa swapped positions on the rankings table. But South Africa’s defeat to Black Caps and India’s wins over England, has seen a lot of movement in the table, much to the joy of Indian supporters.
India was ranked No. 1 for a short time during a Tri-series in Sri Lanka in September 2009. Indian supporters would be expected that their reign this moment would be long.