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Reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies can go past former winner India in team T20I rankings

Second-ranked India will join number-one ranked New Zealand if it wins both the matches

Reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies can go past former winner India in team T20I rankings - Cricket News
West Indies stand a chance to leapfrog India in T20I rankings.

Opportunity for top-ranked Kohli and Badree to consolidate their positions

Two-time ICC World Twenty20 champions West Indies can leapfrog second-ranked India in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings when they go head-to-head in a two-match series in Lauderhill, Florida, USA, on27 and 28 August.

India is currently placed on 128 points, four points behind table leader New Zealand, while third-ranked West Indies is on 122 points.

Led by new captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had smashed four consecutive sixes to wrap up this year’s ICC World Twenty20 final against England in Kolkata, the West Indies will move to second place on 127 points with a 2-0 win and push India to third place on 124 points.

However, a 2-0 win for India, captain by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will help it join number-one ranked New Zealand on 132 points but the Asian side will be ranked second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In this scenario, the West Indies will slip to fourth position with 118 points, one point behind South Africa.

A 1-1 series draw will keep India ahead on 128 points with West Indies on 123 points.

The individual performances in the series will also be keenly watched with a player from either side leading the player rankings for batsmen and bowlers.

India’s Test captain Virat Kohli heads the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen with 837 points. With Australia’s Aaron Finch only 34 points behind, Kohli will be looking to consolidate his position at the top.

Rohit Sharma is the next-highest ranked India batsman in 23rd position, while Dhoni, who had led India to victory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007, is in 50th position but the likelihood of getting more batting opportunities could see him rise in the ranks.

For the West Indies, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (eighth) and experienced batsman Marlon Samuels (17th) will be looking to move up the ranks with Lendl Simmons (31st), Dwayne Bravo (37th) and Andre Fletcher (48th)  also trying to climb the ladder.

The West Indies has two slow bowlers up in the table as top-ranked leg-spinner Samuel Badree and fourth-ranked off-spinner Sunil Narine will be out to garner points with medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo (39th) the next best on the list.

For India, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is in second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers after a creditable show in Zimbabwe a few months ago when India won the T20I series 2-1. Ravichandran Ashwin is the other India bowler inside the top 10 in seventh position, while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is in 19th spot.

Marlon Samuels is the best-ranked all-rounder from either side at fifth position.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 25 August, before the start of the India-West Indies series in Florida)

   Rank   Team                       Points

1.     New Zealand               132

2.     India                            128

3.     West Indies                 122

4.     South Africa               119

5.     England                       116

6.     Australia                     110

7.     Pakistan                      104

8.     Sri Lanka                    96

9.     Afghanistan                78

10.  Bangladesh                 74

11.  Netherlands                 67

12.  Zimbabwe                   62

13.  Scotland                      57

14.  UAE                            54

15.  Ireland                         48

16.  Papua New Guinea     44

17.  Oman                          37

18.  Hong Kong                 29

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as of 25 August, before the start of the India-West Indies series in Florida)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      S/R        Highest Rating

   1         Virat Kohli          Ind         837       58.60     135        897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   2         Aaron Finch         Aus        803       38.96     150        892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   3         Martin Guptill     NZ         754       34.73     131        793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   4         Faf du Plessis      SA         741       37.68     133        843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5         Joe Root               Eng        735*     39.60     139        750 v WI at Kolkata 2016

   6         K.Williamson      NZ         719       34.53     124        737 v Pak at Hamilton 2016

   7         Alex Hales           Eng        699       31.28     134        866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   8         Chris Gayle         WI         696       35.32     145        831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   9         M. Shahzad          Afg        674       29.71     136        690 v SA at Mumbai 2016

  10        Shane Watson      Aus        664       29.24     145        832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

 

Other selected rankings

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      S/R        Highest Rating

17         Marlon Samuels  WI         619       29.81    121        723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

23         Rohit Sharma      Ind         592       30.76    127        681 v Ban at Mirpur 2016     

31         Lendl Simmons   WI         521       27.19    117        546 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

37         Dwayne Bravo     WI         499       24.51    118        552 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

48         Andre Fletcher    WI         473*     23.17    113        492 v Afg at Nagpur 2016

50=       M.S. Dhoni          Ind         470       35.63    121        515 v Aus at Mirpur 2014

              Johnson Charles  WI         470*     20.71    113        527 v Eng at Pallekele 2012

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

   1         Samuel Badree    WI         790       14.70    5.39      855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   2         Jasprit Bumrah    Ind         744       18.91    6.34      751 v Zim at Harare 2016

   3         Imran Tahir         SA         740!      15.37    6.48      740 v SL at Delhi 2016

   4         Sunil Narine        WI         685       17.75    5.69      817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

   5         Shahid Afridi       Pak        674       24.35    6.61      814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

   6         Kyle Abbott         SA         671!      22.26    7.96      671 v SL at Delhi 2016

   7         R. Ashwin            Ind         670       22.14    6.91      765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016

   8         Adam Milne        NZ         655*     21.80    7.36      661 v Pak at Mohali 2016

   9         James Faulkner   Aus        641!      20.29    8.19      641 v Ind at Mohali 2016

  10        M. Nabi               Afg         638!      23.95    6.90      638 v WI at Nagpur 2016  

 

Other selected rankings

Rank     Player                  Team    Pts        Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

  19        Ravindra Jadeja     Ind       599       30.75    7.04      651 v Pak at Mirpur 2016

  39        Dwayne Bravo       WI       531       27.51    8.44      536 v SA at Nagpur 2016

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank     Player                Team      Pts        Highest Rating

   1         Shane Watson      Aus        373       557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   2         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        346       408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   3         Shahid Afridi       Pak        332       413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

   4         Glenn Maxwell    Aus        329!      329 v Ind at Mohali 2016

   5         Marlon Samuels  WI         288       321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

 

*indicates provisional rating

!indicates best ranking

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