India retain No 3 spot in ICC T20 Rankings

Dubai: Jan 29, 2013

India managed to retain its No 3 position among T20 teams, while Virat Kohli has slipped a position to sixth in the ICC rankings for Twenty20 batsmen issued today.

India are placed at third with 119 points in the team rankings, which was being led by ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012 runners-up Sri Lanka followed by the winners West Indies.

Sri Lanka, with 131 points, have further consolidated its number one position following its 2-0 series win over hosts Australia, who are placed seventh in the chart.

Meanwhile, star India batsman Kohli has dropped a rung to the sixth spot in the T20 batsmen list with 731 points. Suresh Raina also slipped a position to the ninth place.

Other Indians in the top-20 list includes Yuvraj Singh (13) and opener Gautam Gambhir at the 17th position.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum leads the T20 batting chart with 794 points, followed by destructive West Indian opener Chris Gayle (792), Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene (768) and Australia’s Shane Watson (767).

In the T20 bowlers category, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, ranked 16, is the only Indian to have found out a place in the top-20 list.

Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal leads the bowlers’ table with 756 points followed by Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka (731) and England’s Graeme Swann (720).