Three teams tied at top spot in the latest ICC T20I Rankings
Sri Lanka’s 2-0 series defeat to New Zealand meant the visitors, who were top of the rankings, are now joined by West Indies and Australia on 118 points at the No.1 spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings.
Before the start of the series, Sri Lanka were outright leaders with 125, but two comprehensive defeats meant they lost 7 points. Although they are joint-top, they are ranked below the aforementioned two teams, as the decimal point is taken into consideration.
Thanks to their win over the No.1 side, New Zealand climbed to sixth place with 114 points, level with Pakistan. The Kiwis started the series in eighth place with 108 points, just two points behind India, who were then ranked No.7, but gained 6 points from the two games, to climb to within four points off top spot.
This is further bad news for India, as they remained in eighth place, ahead of their limited-over series against Australia, which starts on Tuesday. But it is not all bad news for India because the difference between the top eight is so less that a 3-0 win for the visitors over Australia in the T20 series will propel them into top spot.
Before the World T20 begins in March, Sri Lanka will have an opportunity to reclaim sole custody of top spot as they visit India for a three-match T20I series in February and New Zealand can also claim top spot, should they beat Pakistan in their T20I series later this month.
An impressive performance from Afghanistan, who beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in their recently-concluded T20I series meant they retained their ninth position.
The ICC T20 Rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of New Zealand-Pakistan and Australia-India series:
ICC T20I Rankings (as on 11 January after the conclusion of New Zealand-Sri Lanka T20I series)