Apart from earning the satisfaction of winning their maiden ODI series in South Africa, Team India have an added incentive behind their objective. A win in the 5-match series beginning Wednesday, Jan 12, could just provide them the points required to overhaul Australia' s tally at the top of the ICC's ODI chart.
Thus, with a victory under their belt, India could go into the World Cup as the No. 1 ranked ODI side in the world. Having already secured numero uno status in Tests, this additional achievement would place India on the top of the globe, perhaps ushering in a new world order in cricket.
The cheers and chants of the world's second most populous nation will overshadow the bellows of all other cricketing nations. Indeed, India just need a handful of points to go from No.2 in the ODI rankings to No. 1 and given the blistering form they appear to be in, that seems like a distinct possibility.
However, Australia have an equal opportunity to consolidate their position as they take on England in a 7-match ODI series Down Under starting Sunday, Jan 16. But considering the team hasn't been quite up to the mark in recent times, India might just be able to keep their noses in front... and then could be thumbing its nose at Australia and the rest of the cricketing world.