India have now risen to second place in the ICC ODI rankings after their clinching victory against New Zealand by 4-1. New Zealand have slipped to fourth place while South Africa have risen to third place after winning the ODI series against Pakistan.
New Zealand are now on 111 points, the same as South Africa but behind on decimal points, even as second-placed India have gained one point to bridge the gap with ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts England. England lead the table with 126 points while India have reached 122.
India and New Zealand would have remained on their pre-series tally of 121 and 113 points, respectively, had the home side pulled off a victory in the last match in Wellington on Sunday for a 3-2 series result.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah retained their world number one position in ICC batting and bowling rankings respectively.
For India the rise in rankings have come as positive signal ahead of ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.
India and New Zealand will now play a three-match T20I series starting from February 6. The first match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.