Great news for cricket fans! As we gear up for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, India finds itself leading the charge as the No.1 ranked team in the MRF Tyres ODI Team Rankings. Their phenomenal performance in 50-over cricket has set them on this esteemed pedestal, having lost just four out of the 20 ODI matches in 2023. The exciting part? They can’t be toppled from this top position before the World Cup kicks off on October 5.
But hold on, Pakistan is right on their tail with a rating of 115, just two points behind India. These rankings are set in stone till the commencement of the World Cup, promising an electrifying competition between these cricket powerhouses.
Now, let’s take a trip down memory lane to past World Cups. Every tournament since 1999 has seen the cup being clinched by teams occupying the top two spots in the ODI rankings at the tournament’s outset. Australia’s victorious streak in 1999, 2003, and 2007 while being in the top rankings set the trend. India, securing the World Cup at home in 2011, and Australia and England triumphing in 2015 and 2019 respectively as the top-ranked teams, just add to the excitement.
To make things even more thrilling, the recent trend of host countries dominating the World Cup finals bodes well for India. The last three World Cups have been won by host nations, and this year, the 2023 World Cup decider will take place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19. The pressure is on for India, being the sole host and the premier ODI ranking holder, but the track record of top-ranked teams making it to the knockout stages brings in a wave of confidence.
So, get ready for an action-packed cricket extravaganza as India and Pakistan, armed with historic rankings, battle it out for glory at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023!