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CPL stars rise in latest ICC Player Rankings

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ West Indian star spinner Samuel Badree remains at the top of the bowling tree as Zouks-bound Shane Watson has ended his illustrious international career as the world’s top T20 all-rounder, following the release of the latest ICC Player Rankings ahead of the ICC World T20 semi-finals.

Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Martin Guptill has climbed two places to third, while Jamaica Tallawahs’ Chris Gayle moves up one place to sixth in batting rankings.

Four of the top five sides on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings will feature in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be played in Delhi and Mumbai on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Number-one ranked India will go head to head with third-ranked West Indies in Mumbai on Thursday, while in the first semi-final in Delhi on Wednesday, second-ranked New Zealand will square-off against fifth-ranked England.

India has retained its pre-tournament ranking as well as points, while the West Indies has gained two points to move to 120. This means both the former champions, who each won three of their four second round matches, are now separated by seven points.

In contrast, New Zealand, which has been the only unbeaten side in the competition to date, has earned six points to rise to 122 and has consequently moved up two places to second. Its semi-final opponent and 2010 champion, England, has also collected three points and is now seven points behind on 115 after winning three of its four matches.

This comparison reflects that the knockout stage of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 promises to be as exciting, entertaining and thrilling as displayed in the 32 matches to date.

Meanwhile, there has been a reshuffling of the pack in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings as leading performers have been rewarded for their good performances.

India’s Virat Kohli, who averages 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, has reclaimed the number-one batting position. Kohli had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but has now opened up a 68-point advantage over the Australian.

Guptill is New Zealand’s highest-ranked batsman after the opener has moved up two places to third following his contribution of 125 runs in three matches at a strike-rate of over 162.

Exciting West Indies batsman Gayle has gained one place and is now ranked sixth after scoring 104 runs in two innings at a stunning strike-rate of 208.

In the bowlers’ table, West Indies’ Badree has returned in number-one position. Badree has taken six wickets in four matches to date, while India’s Ravichandaran Ashwin has dropped from number-one spot to third after managing just four wickets in as many matches.

Shane Watson of Australia, who will also feature in CPL this summer, has signed off on his T20I career as the number-one ranked all-rounder. In the batting charts, Watson finished in 10th spot (up by three places) after scoring 96 runs, while he has ended up in 29th spot (up by five places) in the bowlers’ list after taking five wickets in four matches.

Batsmen to improve their rankings but will no more feature in the tournament include South Africa’s Trinbago Knight Riders-bound Hashim Amla who has moved up nine places to 12th.

While the team rankings will be updated after each match, the player rankings will now be updated after the final of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings (as on 29 March, after the completion of league matches in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016)

Rank   Team              Points (+/-)

1.      India                127 (-)

2.      New Zealand  122 (+6)

3.      West Indies     120 (+2)

4.      South Africa   115 (-3)

5.      England           115 (+3)

6.      Australia          112 (+1)

7.      Pakistan           107 (-3)

8.      Sri Lanka         105 (-4)

9.      Afghanistan    81 (+4)

10.  Bangladesh     74 (-)

11.  Scotland          59 (+10)

12.  Netherlands     59 (-)

13.  Zimbabwe       57 (-3)

14.  Hong Kong     44 (-5)

15.  UAE                43 (-)

16.  Ireland             39 (-9)

17.  Oman              37 (+5)

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 29 March, after the completion of league matches in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016)

Batsmen (top 25)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      S/Rate    HS Rating

   1           (+1)         Virat Kohli            Ind          871         55.42     133         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   2           (-1)          Aaron Finch          Aus         803         38.96     150         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   3           (+2)         Martin Guptill       NZ          762         35.11     131         793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   4           (-1)          Faf du Plessis        SA           741         37.68     133         843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5           (-1)          Alex Hales            Eng         737         32.40     135         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   6           (+1)         Chris Gayle           WI          724         36.82     146         831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   7           (-1)          Kane Williamson NZ          718         34.62     125         737 v Pak at Hamilton 2016

   8           ( - )          H. Masakadza     Zim         677         30.28     120         699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

   9           (+3)         M. Shahzad          Afg         674         29.71     136         690 v SA at Mumbai 2016

  10         (+3)         Shane Watson      Aus         664         29.24     145         832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

  11         (+38)      Joe Root                                Eng         651*      36.64     139         653 v SA at Mumbai 2016

  12         (+9)         Hashim Amla       SA           646         31.50     129         657 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  13         (-3)          Eoin Morgan        Eng         643         29.65     133         872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

  14         (-5)          David Warner       Aus         639         28.15     140         826 v WI at St Lucia 2010

  15         (-1)          T. Dilshan              SL           638         28.98     121         802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  16         (+4)         Sabbir Rahman   Ban        632         30.20     120         644 v Ind at Bengaluru 2016

  17=       (-6)          Rohit Sharma       Ind          619         30.46     127         681 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

                (+7)         Quinton de Kock SA           619         29.68     128         631 v WI at Nagpur 2016

  19         (-4)          JP Duminy            SA           612         38.46     124         713 v NZ at Chittagong 2014

  20         (+11)      Glenn Maxwell     Aus         611!       22.62     154         611 v Ind at Mohali 2016

  21         (-4)          Umar Akmal        Pak         605         26.80     123         709 v Zim at Harare 2011

  22         (-6)          Suresh Raina        Ind          598         29.34     133         776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011

  23         (-4)          Marlon Samuels  WI          585         28.10     120         723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

  24=       (+5)         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         553         24.97     114         709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

                (+3)         Stephan Myburgh               Net          553         26.50     123         585 v NEP at Rotterdam 2015

Bowlers (top 25)

Rank      (+/-)        Player   Team     Pts          Avge      Eco.        HS Rating Ranking

   1           (RE)        Samuel Badree    WI          753        14.75     5.40       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   2           ( - )          Imran Tahir          SA           740!       15.37     6.48       740 v SL at Delhi 2016

   3           (-2)          R. Ashwin              Ind          725         21.74     6.87       765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016

   4           (-1)          Shahid Afridi        Pak         674         24.35     6.61       814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

   5           (+6)         Kyle Abbott          SA           671!       22.26     7.96       671 v SL at Delhi 2016

   6           (+6)         Adam Milne         NZ          648*      20.52     7.28       661 v Pak at Mohali 2016

   7           (+3)         Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          645         29.10     6.88       651 v Pak at Mirpur 2016

   8           (+28)      James Faulkner    Aus         641!       20.29     8.19       641 v Ind at Mohali 2016

   9=        (+11)      Mohammad Nabi               Afg         638!       23.95     6.90       638 v WI at Nagpur 2016

                (-4)          M. McClenaghan NZ          638         24.46     7.69       649 v Aus at Dharamsala 2016

  11         (+68)      Rashid Khan        Afg         633*!    19.78     6.83       633 v WI at Nagpur 2016

  12         (-5)          David Wiese         SA           632*      20.70     7.60       646 v WI at Nagpur 2016

  13=       (-5)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        631         20.32     6.74       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

                (+13)      Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          631*!    19.66     6.37       631 v Aus at Mohali 2016

  15         (-11)       Graeme Cremer   Zim         630         16.59     6.72       669 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  16         (+14)      Ashish Nehra        Ind          618!       20.73     7.77       618 v Aus at Mohali 2016

  17         (-3)          Al-Amin Hossain Ban        612         15.17     7.46       633 v OMA at Dharamsala 2016

  18         (+22)      Hamza Hotak      Afg         604*!    23.26     7.01       604 v WI at Nagpur 2016

  19         (+8)         M. Rahman          Ban        600*!    13.95     5.98       600 v NZ at Kolkata 2016

  20=       (-2)          N. McCullum        NZ          594         22.03     6.82       709 v Zim at Harare 2011

                (+27)      N. Coulter-Nile     Aus         594*!    25.33     8.18       594 v Ind at Mohali 2016

  22         (+7)         Kagiso Rabada    SA           583*      22.63     8.25       595 v WI at Nagpur 2016

  23         (+5)         T van der Gugten Net          582*      19.39     6.77       605 v Ban at Dharamsala 2016

  24         (-8)          M. Bukhari           Net          579         18.13     6.64       616 v NEP at Amstelveen 2015

  25=       (-19)       Dawlat Zadran     Afg         574         23.02     7.60       636 v Zim at Sharjah 2016

                (-16)       S. Senanayake     SL           574         19.33     6.35       712 v Eng at The Oval 2014

All-rounders (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Highest Ranking

   1           ( - )          Shane Watson      Aus         373        557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

   2           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        346        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   3           ( - )          Shahid Afridi        Pak         332        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

   4           (+3)         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         329!       329 v Ind at Mohali 2016

   5           ( - )          Marlon Samuels  WI          276        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

   6           (+5)         Mohammad Nabi               Afg         274        276 v Eng at Delhi 2016

   7           (-1)          Yuvraj Singh        Ind          273        363 v Aus at Rajkot 2013

   8           (-4)          M. Hafeez             Pak         271        441 v SL at Dubai 2013

   9           ( - )          Dwayne Bravo     WI          268!       268 v Afg at Nagpur 2016

  10         (-2)          Angelo Mathews  SL           257        289 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

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