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India: World's best cricketing nation?
As the battle for Champion's Trophy begins today, Indian fans wait with unabated breath to see Team India triumph and secure top rank in the ICC ODI rankings. It's an opportunity that India should not let go.
AS THE Champion’s trophy kick starts today (September 22) in South Africa, it would be India’s one chance to become the world’s best cricket team by securing the top rank in the ICC ODI rankings.
 
For the first time in 15 years, this year Australia lost the title of the top team to South Africa. And although, it has just now reclaimed the No 1 spot by defeating England 6-1, it has exactly the same ranking points as South Africa. Both the nation stands with 127 points. India is just one notch down with 126 points in its kitty.
 
As Australia lost its four best cricketers’- Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Glen McGrath, it also slowly lost its coat of invincibility too, giving other teams a confidence that they can win over Australia.
 
It’s an opportunity that India should not let go. It has shown good signs in the past. Like in 2007, when India won a Test series against England in England after 21 years or beating New Zealand in New Zealand after 33 years. But it has to maintain the same consistency to achieve the desired results. It is imperative for India to grab and make full use of this situation and become the top team in the world.
 
Champion’s trophy or the mini world cup was started in 1998, as a biennial event in Dhaka. India had shared the trophy along with Sri Lanka in 2004. The 2008 event had been delayed by an year as other cricketing nation refused to play in Pakistan, owing to the fear of terrorism.
This time around, fans would be waiting for double happiness – the trophy as well as the top ranking point .
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