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    India retain 3rd spot in T20 rankings

    Dubai: At fifth, Virat Kohli is the highest placed Indian in the ICC rankings for Twenty20 batsmen, while India have managed to retain their third position in the team rankings released on Thursday. With 730 points in his kitty, Kohli has equalled his highest rating points.

    Apart from Kohli, the other Indian batsman to feature in the top-10 list for Twenty20 batsmen is Suresh Raina, who is placed ninth with 718 points. Other Indians in the top-20 list are Yuvraj Singh (13) and opener Gautam Gambhir at the 17th position. Australia's Shane Watson leads the Twenty20 batting chart with 798 points, followed by destructive West Indian opener Chris Gayle (792), Kiwi Brendon McCullum (787) and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene (759).

    Among the Twenty20 teams, India, despite losing one rating point have maintained their third position with 119 points while leaders Sri Lanka stand firm at the top with 127 points, followed by reigning Twenty20 World champions West Indies at 122 points.

    Meanwhile, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, ranked 16, is the only Indian to have found out a place in the top-20 bowlers' list. Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal leads the bowlers' table with 756 points followed by Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka (746) and England's Graeme Swann (720).