Former batter Wasim Jaffer feels that Team India could top the rankings across all formats in the near future. The Men in Blue currently occupy the No.1 ranking in T20Is and are close to the summit in the remaining formats as well.
A win in the upcoming third ODI against New Zealand will ensure a 3-0 clean sweep as well as the No.1 ODI ranking by displacing England.
In Tests, the Men in Blue will have to win the upcoming four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia by a 2-0 margin to leapfrog them in the rankings to claim the top spot.
Noting that holding the elusive No.1 ranking across all formats could very well be a reality soon, Jaffer said on ESPN Cricinfo:
New Zealand have already lost their top spot to England in the ODI rankings. However, there are now three teams tied with a rating of 113 and the fate of the final ODI between India and New Zealand will dictate the order of the teams in the rankings.
New Zealand came into the ODI series against India on the back of a triumph over Pakistan away from home.
However, without senior players like Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have posed only a meek challenge to the dominant Indian outfit in subcontinent conditions.
Opining that New Zealand will have to step up with a strong display to salvage their pride, Wasim Jaffer said:
New Zealand will lock horns against the Men in Blue in the final ODI of the series on Tuesday, January 24, in Indore.
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