Windies jump rank­ings af­ter hero­ics

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — ICC World Twenty20 In­dia 2016 champions, the West In­dies, have No 1-ranked In­dia firmly within their sights af­ter they 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 have con­se­quently moved ahead of New Zealand into sec­ond place.

The West In­dies are now on 125 points, one point be­hind In­dia who lost to the even­tual champions in Mum­bai in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal last Thurs­day.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing as the sec­ond best side in the tour­na­ment, Eng­land are now fourth af­ter swap­ping places with South Africa.

New Zealand, who lost to Eng­land in the first semi-fi­nal in Delhi last Wed­nes­day, have re­tained their third place on 120 points.

Mean­while, in the ICC Player Rank­ings for T20I bats­men, In­dia’s Vi­rat Kohli has com­fort­ably de­fended his No 1 po­si­tion.

In­dia’s top-or­der bats­man, who was ad­judged player of the tour­na­ment, leads Aus­tralia’s sec­on­dranked Aaron Finch by 86 points. Kohli had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing Finch by 24 points.

Eng­land’s Joe Root, who fin­ished as the third lead­ing run-get­ter be­hind Afghanistan’s Tamim Iqbal and Kohli with 249 runs, has bro­ken 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 has been re­warded with a jump seven places that has now put him in fourth po­si­tion.

Mar­lon Sa­muels, who won the player of the fi­nal award, has 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 has helped him rise five places to share the po­si­tion with South Africa’s Quin­ton de Kock.

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

Bats­men out­side the top 25 to head in the right di­rec­tion in­clude 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 ICC Player Rank­ing for T20I bowlers, In­dia’s pace duo of Jasprit Bum­rah and Ashish Nehra have achieved ca­reer-best rank­ings.

Bum­rah has vaulted six places to sev­enth, while Nehra has climbed five places and is now in 11th po­si­tion.

West In­dies’ Sa­muel Badree is the No 1-ranked bowler and he leads fel­low spin­ner Im­ran Tahir of South Africa by 50 points, while In­dia’s Ravichan­dran Ash­win is in third po­si­tion, another 28 points be­hind.

Bowlers out­side the top 25 to make an im­pact in the lat­est rank- ings in­clude Eng­land’s Chris Jordon (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 is no change in the top five of the all-rounders’ list, which is headed by re­tired Shane Wat­son. He is fol­lowed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, Pak­istan’s Shahid Afridi, Aus­tralia’s Glenn Maxwell and West In­dies’ Mar­lon Sa­muels. — AFP

The West In­dies set the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup alight.

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