Newly crowned T20 World Champions England close in on India at the top of the MRF Tires ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.
The gap between the top two men’s T20I teams is starting to narrow with England now within arm’s reach of table leaders India. England’s triumphant campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has 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 then won four of their five group matches, while England managed just three, further increasing the gap to six points ahead of their semi-final clash.
In the semi-final, Jos Buttler’s men crushed India by 10 wickets in a lopsided encounter and followed it up with a thrilling victory over Pakistan to clinch the T20 World Cup title at the MCG.
As it stands, India sits first with 268 points while England has 265. Pakistan sits third with 258 points and has South Africa (256), New Zealand (253) and Australia (252) behind.
Pakistan started the T20 World Cup with 259 points, and despite reaching the final, lost a rating point in the T20I Team Rankings at the end of the tournament. That was because Babar Azam’s men lost three of six matches, including the final against England.
With less than 12 months to go before the Cricket World Cup, T20 action will be few and far between. Though India has a chance to increase the gap at the top when they take on New Zealand in the three-match T20I series which begins on November 18 in Wellington.
A 3-0 result in favor of India, who will be led by the dynamic all-rounder Hardik Pandya, would see them move to 269 rating points.
On the other hand, if Kane Williamson’s New Zealand inflict a 3-0 scoreless, England will take the top spot from India, while the Black Caps leap ahead of South Africa and close in on Pakistan.