India knocks West Indies off the perch as top T20I team – Kohli remains world’s number-one ranked T20 batsman

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India’s superstar batsman Virat Kohli’s excellent run of form in the just-concluded series against Australia has allowed him to hold on to the status of world’s number-one ranked Twenty20 International batsman in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, which were released by the ICC today.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the series with 199 runs, including a top score of 90. The India Test captain was undoubtedly one of the players who shaped India’s series win, allowing it to replace the West Indies as the top-ranked T20I side in the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship table.
Also making an impact was Rohit Sharma, who scored 143 runs in the series, including two half-centuries. As a result, he has moved up one place to 17th, while Suresh Raina, who scored a match-winning 49 not out in Sydney, has gained two places and is now in 13th position.

Australia’s opener Aaron Finch has retained his second position in the batsmen’s rankings, while Shane Watson who captained in the Sydney T20I and scored an unbeaten 124, has vaulted places to 11th. He is now just 13 points away from returning into the top 10, his best ranking, of course, was number-one which he achieved in 2012.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, India’s Ravindra Jadeja has returned to the table in 18th position, while Watson has stormed up 11 places to 25th spot.

Watson has claimed the number-one spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders, while moving ahead of Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.

The MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship table now has India in the top position, while Australia has dropped six places to eighth. India now leads second-ranked West Indies by two points. A lot of T20I cricket needs to be played before the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 starts in Nagpur on 8 March, which will certainly have an impact on the championship table.

ICC T20I TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 1 February, after the conclusion of Australia – India series)

RANK TEAM POINTS

1 India 120
2 West Indies 118
3 Sri Lanka 118
4 England 117
5 New Zealand 116
6 South Africa 115
7 Pakistan 113
8 Australia 110
9 Afghanistan 80
10 Scotland 66
11 Bangladesh 64
12 Hong Kong 62
13 Netherlands 61
14 Zimbabwe 54
15 Ireland 42

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 1 February, after India Australia series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Average S/Rate Highest Ranking
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 892 50.62 137 897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
2 (RE) Aaron Finch Aus 868 41.61 151 892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
3 (-1) Alex Hales Eng 795 34.71 136 866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
4 (-1) F du Plessis SA 758 39.28 135 843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
5 (-1) Martin Guptill NZ 741 34.70 130 793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
6 (-1) K Williamson NZ 733 36.69 128 737 v Pak at Hamilton 2016
7 (-1) C Gayle WI 703 35.15 143 831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
8 (-1) H Masakadza Zim 699! 31.42 120 699 v Ban at Khulna 2016
9 (-1) M Shahzad Afg 681! 30.86 136 681 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
10 (-1) Kusal Perera SL 678* 27.09 133 751 v SA at Chittagong 2014

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/Rate HS Rating
11 (+5) Shane Watson Aus 665 28.58 146 832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
13 (+2) Suresh Raina Ind 660 33.53 136 776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011
17 (+1) Rohit Sharma Ind 641! 34.82 129 641 v Aus at St Kitts 2016
18 (-7) David Warner Aus 623 28.72 139 826 v WI at St Lucia 2010
19 (-2) Umar Akmal Pak 606 26.89 124 709 v Zim at Harare 2011
20 (RE) Yuvraj Singh Ind 589 31.70 144 793 v SA at St Lucia 2010

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge HS Rating
1 ( – ) Sunil Narine WI 773 17.75 817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
2 ( – ) R Ashwin Ind 692 26.45 717 v SA at Mirpur 2014
3 ( – ) Shahid Afridi Pak 672 23.90 814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
4 ( – ) S Senanayake SL 671* 17.45 712 v Eng at The Oval 2014
5 ( – ) Graeme Cremer Zim 669! 16.59 669 v Ban at Khulna 2016
6 (+1) Lasith Malinga SL 657 21.02 684 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015
7 (+1) M McClenaghan NZ 643! 25.80 643 v Pak at Wellington 2016
8 (+1) Imran Tahir SA 641* 15.77 675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
9 (+1) Dawlat Zadran Afg 636! 18.83 636 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
10 (+1) N Kulasekara SL 628 23.43 676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge HS Rating
12 (-6) Mitchell Starc Aus 620 19.53 702 v Pak at Dubai 2014
18 (RE) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 575 32.78 579 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
19 (-5) Pat Cummins Aus 574* 18.80 610 v Eng at Cardiff 2015
25 (+11) Shane Watson Aus 546 25.28 671 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2012

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 (+2) Shane Watson Aus 363 557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
2 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 349 408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
3 (-1) Shahid Afridi Pak 330 413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
4 ( – ) M Hafeez Pak 303 441 v SL at Dubai 2013
5 ( – ) A Mathews SL 289! 289 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

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