West Indies secure No. 1 ranking in T20Is
With New Zealand thumping Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second T20I at Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday (January 10), West Indies have secured the No. 1 spot in the ICC Twenty20 International (T20I) rankings.
West Indies are perched at the top of the world rankings with 118.36 points. Australia are placed second and are marginally ahead of Sri Lanka on decimal points.
At the start of the T20I series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka were ahead of the second placed West Indies by seven points. However, as Sri Lanka lost both their games in New Zealand, they have slipped to third.
Meanwhile, England, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan are caught in a mid-table tussle, with just three points separating the fourth ranked England and the seventh placed Pakistan.
Since the World T20 that was held in Bangladesh in 2014, West Indies have tasted success in four of the eight games they have played. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have lost five of their six matches in that period. West Indies though, have struggled to put up consistent performances in the other two formats of the game, and are ranked eighth and ninth in Tests and ODIs, respectively.