India, Kohli top T20 rankings

KARACHI: Indian 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 ICC player rankings for T20 batsmen, which were released on Monday.

Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the series with 199 runs, including a top score of 90.The Indian 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 T20 side in the latest ICC T20 Championship table.

Australia’s opener Aaron Finch has retained his second position in the batsmen’s rankings, while Shane Watson, who captained in the Sydney T20 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 player rankings for T20 bowlers, India’s Ravindra Jadeja has returned to the table in 18th position, while Watson has stormed up 11 places to 25th spot.

The T20 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. Pakistan is at the seventh place after losing their last series against New Zealand.

ICC T20 team ranking:

1. India 120 points

2. West Indies 118 points

3. Sri Lanka 118 points

4. England 117 points

5. New Zealand 116 points

6. South Africa 115 points

7. Pakistan 113 points

8. Australia 110 points

9. Afghanistan 80 points

10. Scotland 66 points

11. Bangladesh 64 points

12. Hong Kong 62 points

13. Netherlands 61 points

14. Zimbabwe 54 points

15. Ireland 42 points

Source: APP