Newly crowned T20 World Champions England close in on India at the top of the MRF Tires ICC Men’s T20I Team Ranking.
The gap between the top two men’s teams in the T20I is starting to narrow, with England now within easy reach of India, who dominate the table. England’s triumphant ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign reduced the gap between the two teams to just three points.
Before the start of the T20 World Cup, India (268) had a five-point lead over England (263). Rohit Sharma’s men went on to win four of their five group stage matches while England managed just three, further increasing the lead to six points ahead of their semi-final clash.
In the semi-finals, Jos Buttler’s men crushed India by 10 wickets in a lopsided encounter and followed that up with a thrilling win over Pakistan to clinch the T20 World Cup title at the MCG.
As it stands, India leads with 268 points while England are at 265. Pakistan are ranked third with 258 points and South Africa (256), New Zealand (253 ) and Australia (252) follow.
Pakistan started the T20 World Cup with 259 points and despite making it to the final, dropped one point in the T20I team standings at the end of the tournament. Babar Azam’s men have lost three of six games, including the final against England.
With less than 12 months remaining until the Cricket World Cup, T20 action will be few and far between. Although India have a chance to increase the gap at the top when they face New Zealand in the three-game T20I series which starts on November 18 in Wellington.
A 3-0 result in favor of India – who will be led by dynamic all-rounder Hardik Pandya – would see them move to 269 points.
On the other hand, if Kane Williamson’s New Zealand inflict a 3-0 blank, England will reclaim top spot from India while the Black Caps themselves will edge past South Africa and close in on the Pakistan.
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