After a 2-1 series win over England in a closely fought T20I series, India has a definite chance of getting up to the no.1 spot in the ODI rankings as well, if they win the first two matches of the series, which begins on July 12.
India has never held the top spot in both Test and ODI rankings for more than three weeks and to do that, India would have to beat England 3-0 in the upcoming ODI series, a tough task for the Men in Blue. England is coming off a 5-0 win over Australia including a world record score of 481 in ODIs.
India has been the no.1 Test side since October of 2016 but has never been the no.1 ODI side for more than 17 days, a spot they have held on three different occasions.
The England-India series will have the eyes of the world on it as the approach of both teams might form a blueprint for the next year’s World Cup.
Hardik Pandya, who played a big role in India’s win in the third and deciding T20I by taking 4-38 and scoring a rapid 33*, said, "We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you do that you end up doing well. We have a fantastic supporting staff and leaders who give us immense confidence to go and express ourselves."
England captain confirmed that Joe Root, who was dropped from the final T20I at Bristol after struggling for form, will be back for the ODI series. "It was a difficult decision leaving Joe out. Joe was understanding and disappointed he was missing out but that changes going forward in the 50-over game," Morgan said.
(With inputs from AFP)