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India retains its number-one ranking after winning T20I series against Sri Lanka

With South Africa and England to play two T20Is on 19 and 21 February, any side winning both the matches will jump to second position

India retains its number-one ranking after winning T20I series against Sri Lanka - Cricket News
The India-Sri Lanka series had a major impact on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings.
· Ashwin’s four for eight in the series decider helps him close in on the No.1 T20I bowling position as Jadeja jumps nine spots to break into the top 10
 
· South Africa-England lock horns in a two-match series on 19 February. Any side winning both the matches will claim second position


ICC World Twenty20 2016 host India has held on to its number-one position on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings, after defeating Sri Lanka by 2-1 in a closely fought three-match series that concluded in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
 
The series win for India means it has 122 points, four more than second-ranked West Indies and five more than third-placed England. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has dropped behind England and New Zealand to fifth position, while South Africa (sixth), Pakistan (seventh) and Australia (eighth) complete the top half of the 16-team table.
 
With the ICC World Twenty20 India starting in less than four weeks, the top half of the table is extremely tight as only 12 points separate India from Australia. With South Africa and England to play two T20Is on 19 and 21 February, any side winning both the matches will jump to second position.
 
The top sides from Asia will then go head to head in the Asia Cup T20 tournament, which will be held in Bangladesh from 24 February to 6 March. This will be the final series before the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 begins in Nagpur on 8 March.
 
The India-Sri Lanka series had a major impact on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings.


 
Amongst the bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin was the stand out performer, especially in the decider, when he took four for eight as Sri Lanka was bowled out for its lowest-ever T20I total of 82. For his efforts, Ashwin has earned 73 points, which has now put him just eight points behind number-one ranked Sunil Narine on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Bowler Rankings.
 
Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka is not too far behind as he has moved ahead of Shahid Afridi into third position.
 
Ravindra Jadeja has gained an impressive nine places, allowing him to break into the top 10 for the first time in his career. The left-arm spinner is in ninth position.
 


Amongst the batsmen, Aaron Finch has reclaimed the top spot from Virat Kohli who was rested from the series, while Shikhar Dhawan, the top scorer in the series with 106 runs, has gained 31 places to claim 56th batting position, Suresh Raina has moved up a spot to 12th, Chamara Kapugedera has risen 14 place up to 84th.
 
More details of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Batsmen’s Rankings are available here.
 
In the all-rounders’ list, Suresh Raina has gained five spots to enter the top 10, while Yuvraj Singh has retained his 7th position. Shane Watson, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez have ensured the top four spots remain unchanged.

Forthcoming matches:
 
South Africa v England
19 February – 1st T20I, Cape Town
21 February – 2nd T20I, Johannesburg
 
MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship (as of 15 February, after the India-Sri Lanka series)
 
RANK            TEAM            POINTS
1          India                122
2          West Indies     118
3          England           117
4          New Zealand  116
5          Sri Lanka         116
6          South Africa   115
7          Pakistan           113
8          Australia          110
9          Afghanistan    80
10        Scotland          69
11        Bangladesh     64
12        Hong Kong     62
13        Netherlands     59
14        Ireland             54
15        Zimbawe         54
16        UAE                14
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings (as of 15 February, after the India-Sri Lanka series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                        Team                 Pts          Ave        HS Rating
   1           (+1)       Aaron Finch                Aus                 868            41.61     892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
   2             (-1)       Virat Kohli                  Ind                   840            50.62     897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
   3             ( - )        Alex Hales                 Eng                   795          34.71     866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
   4             ( - )        F du Plessis                 SA                      758          39.28     843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
   5             ( - )       M Guptill                     NZ                    741          34.70     793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
   6             ( - )       K Williamson              NZ                    733          36.69     737 v Pak at Hamilton 2016
   7             ( - )       Chris Gayle                 WI                    703          35.15     831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   8             ( - )        H. Masakadza          Zim                    699!        31.42     699 v Ban at Khulna 2016
   9             ( - )       M. Shahzad               Afg                    681!        30.86     681 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
  10=                     Shane Watson            Aus                    665         28.58     831 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
 
Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         SR           HS Rating
12           (+1)         Suresh Raina        Ind        653        33.02        135         776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011
15           (-5)          Kusal Perera         SL         638*         27.09      133         751 v SA at Chittagong 2014
16           ( - )          Rohit Sharma       Ind          631          33.31     128         641 v Aus at Sydney 2016
18           (-4)          T Dilshan               SL           615         27.44      120         800 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
22=         (-2)          Yuvraj Singh        Ind          560        30.09      143         790 v SA at St Lucia 2010
                (+1)         S Al Hasan            Ban        560        24.24      125         617 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
37           (-6)          A Mathews           SL           483        27.46      124         513 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016
41           (-3)          MS Dhoni              Ind          467        32.50     118         514 v Aus at Mirpur 2014
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank   (+/-)           Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      Econ      HS Rating
   1        ( -)         Sunil Narine               WI          773         17.75     5.69       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
   2        ( - )         R  Ashwin Ind          765!       21.61     6.93       765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016
   3       (+1)      S Senanayake            SL           675        19.33     6.35       712 v Eng at The Oval 2014
   4       ( -)        Shahid Afridi               Pak         672         23.90     6.60       813 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
   5       ( - )       G  Cremer                  Zim           669!       16.59     6.72       669 v Ban at Khulna 2016
   6       (+1)       M McClenaghan       NZ          643!       25.80     7.68       643 v Pak at Wellington 2016
  7        (+1)        Imran Tahir              SA           641*      15.77     6.45       675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
   8       (+1)        Dawlat Zadran         Afg         636!       18.83     7.35       636 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
   9        (+9)       Ravindra Jadeja      Ind          632!       30.72     7.06       632 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016
  10       (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan     Ban        622         20.96     6.71       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
 
Selected rankings (top 50)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         Eco.        HS Rating
12           (-6)          Lasith Malinga     SL           618        21.02      7.27       684 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015
15=         (-5)          N Kulasekara       SL           591        23.43      7.25       676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013
                (-1)          George Dockrell   Ire           591        15.18      6.20       668 v Zim at Sylhet 2014
27           (-6)          Angelo Mathews  SL           531        26.96      6.76       645 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013
44           (+2)         Yuvraj Singh        Ind          471        *              18.24     7.27       520 v Pak at Ahmedabad 2012
45           ( - )          Peter Borren          Net          469                        34.94     6.85       508 v Eng at Chittagong 2014
46           (-8)          B Kumar               Ind          464        *              22.61     6.53       530 v SA at Dharamsala 2015
 
All-rounders (top five)
 
Rank      (+/-)       Player                     Team     Pts                       HS Rating
  1            ( - )          Shane Watson      Aus         363                        557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
  2            ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        348                        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
  3            ( - )          Shahid Afridi        Pak         330                        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
  4            ( - )          M Hafeez              Pak         302                        440 v SL at Dubai 2013
  5            (+1)         Marlon Samuels  WI          282                        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

 

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