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India eye top ODI rankings as they begin new season

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2009 14:34 IST

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After a relatively long break, India begin a gruelling cricket season in Colombo on Friday with a tri-series clash against New Zealand, fully aware that a clean sweep in the short series would make them the number one ODI team in the world.

The tag of the number of team will be the main goal for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men who need to win both their league matches and the final to achieve the feat.

The BCCI Corporate trophy provided the Indian players a chance to shrug off the rust following a six-week break even though the fitness of the players were assessed during the off-season.

The Indians are raring to get back onto the field and coach Gary Kirsten has already drawn up a road map for the team.

"We have set our targets as to what we have to achieve in the next eight months. Certainly, one of them is to become the best team in the world. We are heading that way and we are very excited on the way that we have gone about our business to get to that position," Kirsten said.

"We know that if we continue with as hard as we do in terms of our training and how we set our sights for games, we have the best chances of reaching there. We continue with that quest to be the best in the world," he said.