31 Mar 2016

Black Caps up to second in T20 rankings

1:23 pm on 31 March 2016

The Black Caps have climbed to second in cricket's Twenty20 world rankings.

Their unbeaten run at the World T20 in India came to an end on Thursday morning in a seven-wicket thumping by England, but the New Zealanders have climbed from fourth to second regardless.

The Black Caps opener Martin Guptill hits a boundary against Pakistan.

The Black Caps opener Martin Guptill hits a boundary against Pakistan. Photo: Photosport

New Zealand leapfrogged the West Indies and South Africa, with tournament hosts India holding on to the No.1 spot.

India retained its pre-tournament ranking as well as points, while the West Indies gained two points to move to 120.

This means both the former champions, who have each won three of their four second round matches, are now separated by seven points.

In contrast, New Zealand have earned six points to rise to 122 and has consequently moved up two places to second.

The 2010 champions England have also collected three points and are now seven points behind on 115.

Meanwhile, there has been a reshuffling of the pack in the ICC T20 Player Rankings as leading performers have been rewarded for their good performances.

India's Virat Kohli, who is averaging 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, has reclaimed the No.1 batting position.

Kohli had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but has now opened up a 68-point advantage over the Australian.

England's Joe Root has rocketed 38 places to career-high 11th after scoring 168 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 150.

The Yorkshireman has gained 105 points in the tournament to date as he now has Zimbabwe's eighth-ranked Hamilton Masakadza firmly within his sights.

Martin 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.

West Indies' flamboyant Chris 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' Samuel 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.

New Zealand's Adam Milne and India's trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra are the bowlers who have made impressive gains.

Milne's three wickets in three matches have helped him rise six places to sixth, Jadeja's four wickets in four matches have moved him up three places to seventh, Bumrah's three wickets in four matches have lifted him 13 places to 13th and Nehra has leaped 14 places to 16th following his four wickets in as many matches.

Shane Watson of Australia has signed off on his T20 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.

While the team rankings will be updated after each match, the player rankings will now be updated after the final of the World T20.