India and Kohli remain top of T20 rankings


World Twenty20 champions West Indies have number-one ranked India firmly within its sights after it became the only country to win the tournament twice.

The West Indies defeated 2010 winners England by four wickets in front of a packed Eden Gardens, and consequently moved ahead of New Zealand in second place. The West Indies are on 125 points, one point behind India, who lost to the eventual champions in Mumbai in the second semi-final on Thursday.

After finishing as the second best side in the tournament, England moved to fourth after swapping places with South Africa. New Zealand, who lost to England in the first semi-final in Delhi, retained their third place at 120 points.

Meanwhile, in the batting rankings, India’s Virat Kohli comfortably defended his number-one position. India’s top-order batsman, who was adjudged player of the tournament, leads Australia’s second-ranked Aaron Finch by 86 points. Kohli had entered the home competition leading Finch by 24 points.

England’s Joe Root, who finished as the third leading run-getter behind Tamim Iqbal and Kohli with 249 runs, broke into the top five for the first time in his career. Root scored 27 not out in the semi-final and 54 in the final, for which he was rewarded with a jump seven places that put him in fourth position.

Marlon Samuels, who won the player of the final award, also returned to the top 20 in 18th position. The top-order batsman scored eight in the semi-final and 85 not out in the final, which helped him rise five places to share the position with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

England’s Jos Buttler was the other batsman inside the top 25 to improve his ranking. The wicketkeeper/batsman moved to 24th spot after moving up three places.

Batsmen outside the top 25 to head in the right direction included Lendl Simmons of the West Indies (32nd, up by 17 places), New Zealand’s Colin Munro (37th, up by 18 places), Johnson Charles of the West Indies (50th, up by 14 places) and England’s Jason Roy (62nd, up by 33 places).

In the bowling rankings, India’s pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra achieved career-best rankings. Bumrah vaulted six places to seventh, while Nehra climbed five places into 11th position.

West Indies’ Samuel Badree was the number-one ranked bowler and he led fellow wrist-spinner Imran Tahir of South Africa by 50 points, while India’s Ravichandaran Ashwin was in third position, another 28 points behind.

Bowlers outside the top 25 to make an impact in the latest rankings included England’s Chris Jordan (30th, up by 19 places), Adil Rashid of England (51st, up by 29 places) and Andre Russell of the West Indies (58th, up by 18 places).

There was no change in the top five of the all-rounders’ list, which was headed by a retired Shane Watson. He was followed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.