The ICC announced the T20I team rankings on May 1 and India have been ranked fourth with 118 points. New Zealand have topped the ranking table with 125 points and are followed by England and Pakistan on 121 points each. South Africa lost two places and are in the fifth position.
The annual update of the T20 International team rankings was announced on 1st May and India have dropped down to the 4th spot after dropping six points. They ended up three points behind England and their fiercest competitors, Pakistan, who both stand at 121 points. The English side is ahead of the Pakistani side by a fraction of a point and hence are placed second in the rankings table. Pakistan achieved the feat of climbing up to the 3rd rank by gaining five points and England stepped up the ladder to the second place by earning 7-points.
New Zealand stays on top even after losing two points with 125 points.
South Africa dropped down two places to 5th spot after conceding 6-points but still managed to stay one point ahead of Australia who graced the 6th rank.
The reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, West Indies, are in 7th place, 14 points ahead of 2014 champions Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka are followed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh who are at the 9th and 10th spot respectively.
The next ICC T20 World Cup would be hosted by Australia in 2020 and the top nine teams along with Australia will qualify for the tournament automatically.
The bottom half of the table will fight it off in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in 2019 to win their spot in the 16-team line-up for the tournament.
Here are the top ten teams:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- West Indies
- Sri Lanka
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.