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India sit first in the ICC Men’s T20I rankings and lead England by 5 points

dubai: India further cemented their position at the top of the ICC Men’s T20I Team Ranking following the annual update released on Wednesday. The Rohit Sharma-led side’s lead over top-ranked England has widened to five ranking points, down from one previously.

“The new ranking reflects all T20I series completed since May 2019, with those completed before May 2021 weighted at 50% and subsequent series weighted at 100%,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

India now have 270 points, while second-placed England have recorded 265 points. Pakistan, South Africa and Australia are tied for fourth and fifth with 261, 253 and 251 points respectively.

India have been in sublime form in the format, following their disappointment at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, where they failed to qualify for the semi-finals .

India beat New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka at home under Sharma’s guidance. Sharma took over from Virat Kohli after last year’s global event.

New Zealand fell two places to No. 6, dropping five ranking points (250). The West Indies (240 points) remain in seventh place.

Bangladesh (233 points) and Sri Lanka (230 points) both moved up the rankings to occupy eighth and ninth positions respectively. Afghanistan fell two places, completing the top 10 after dropping six points (226).

“Portugal is the biggest overall winner of the Annual Update, gaining eleven points (54). This saw them jump five places in the charts, rising to the 45th position. Overall, the number of ranked teams has increased from 91 to 72, with each team required to play a minimum of six ranked games since May 2019,” the ICC said.

(IANS)