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Clean sweep in T20 series can take India to No. 1 ranking

If India sweep the three-match T20 series, they will vault to No. 1 with 120 points from the current 110, while Australia will plummet to number eight with 110 points from the current 118.

Press Trust of India |January 23, 2016, 2:49 PM IST
Clean sweep in T20 series can take India to No. 1 ranking

Dubai: The One-Day series defeat against Australia notwithstanding, India can seek motivation from the fact that they can claim the top spot in the ICC Twenty20 International rankings if they make a clean sweep in the three-match series that begins on January 26.

If India sweep the three-match T20 series, they will vault to No. 1 with 120 points from the current 110, while Australia will plummet to number eight with 110 points from the current 118.

If India win 2-1, Australia will slip to sixth and India to seventh.

India are currently ranked eighth while Australia are at second spot behind the West Indies (118). Sri Lanka are on third with 118 points.

On the other hand, Australia just need a series win to claim the top spot. In case of a 2-1 win, Australia will move to 120 points, while a 3-0 win will put Australia on 124 points and India on 103 points.

India will remain at eighth in any losing scenario as number ninth Afghanistan have 80 points in the latest rankings issued on Saturday.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa and Pakistan into fifth position. The 2-1 series win over Pakistan has given New Zealand two points, while Pakistan have dropped one point.

In contrast, Bangladesh have dropped behind Scotland to 11th position after the 2-2 drawn series against Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe retained their 14th position by collecting four points.

With only eight points separating number one-ranked West Indies from eighth-ranked India, the ICC World Twenty20 in March-April in India is shaping up to be an open event with any of the top-ranked sides capable of lifting the trophy.

In the ICC T20I Player rankings for batsmen, Virat Kohli remained the only Indian in the top-10 at the second place on 845 points, behind Aaron Finch (854) of Australia.

Ravichandran Ashwin also retained his second spot among the bowlers on 681 points, behind Samuel Badree (751 points) of the West Indies.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4659 119
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5264 263
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 9072 259
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