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Only 2015 Cricket world cup will decide the real champion of ODIs
After a disappointing Test series, India seems to have hit the ODI ground running as they have taken a 2-0 lead in the series. When team India recently lost their test series to England by a margin of 3-1, their capability of winning even in ODIs became questionable, as the media, particularly the English media, was indulged in underplaying the talented Indian ODI team.
India's ODI team is one of the most perfectly balanced squads around. Even in the worst case scenario, they are strong enough to score reasonable runs, as not only the top order, but the middle order batsmen are equally talented. Nowadays, the lower order comprising mainly of bowlers are also displaying their batting skills, be it R Ashwin or Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

According to Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, it will be next year's Cricket World Cup, which will decide as to who are the kings of the 50-over game, whatever happens in the race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then.

It is worthwhile to mention that Sunday's triangular series match against Zimbabwe in Harare will decide whether Australia top the rankings. However, the end result could be overhauled this week by India or South Africa, who the Aussies face on Tuesday. Clarke strongly believes that the definitive ruling on the best one-day side will not come until Australia and New Zealand host the World Cup from Feb 14-March 29 next year.

According to the official website of Cricket Australia (CA), Clarke said, "Whoever wins that tournament will be seen as the number one one-day team in the world. That's the way I've always looked at one-day rankings. I guess you love being number one in any form of the game but…you get a great indicator who is the number one team in the world in six months time playing in a World Cup. That's what dictates it.''

Australia, who were the winners of the World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007, recently lost their brief grip on the number one Test ranking to the Proteas.

As far as India's challenge in grabbing the world cup is concerned, we still need to groom an effective all-rounder. But on the whole, batting in terms of putting up a big score or chasing big runs has never been a problem.

Our fielding has also improved tremendously. Thus, all we need to do is to make sure that our bowlers right from Shami Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to R Ashwin and Sir Jadeja contribute substantially on their part. There will be no looking back once we become the true champions by lifting the coveted 2015 world cup.

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