Virat Kohli, Team India look to improve T20I rankings

India is placed third in the team rankings with 123 points, while the leader of the squad has, so far, accumulated 670 points with his batting exploits.

India has the potential of reaching 127 points by winning its five matches - two against Ireland and three against England. (File Photo)   -  AP

Placed eighth in the ICC T20 batting chart, skipper Virat Kohli will look to improve his and Team India’s rankings in the upcoming series against Ireland and England.

India is placed third in the team rankings with 123 points, while the leader of the squad has, so far, accumulated 670 points with his batting exploits.

India has the potential of reaching 127 points by winning its five matches - two against Ireland and three against England. On the other hand, England could go up to 126 points if it beats Australia and then defeats India 3-0.

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India or England could reach the top spot if Zimbabwe is able to pull off a couple of upsets in the Tri-Series and depending on the other results, Australia and Pakistan could be restricted to below those numbers.

Top-ranked Pakistan, second-ranked Australia and third-ranked India will all be seen in action in the upcoming matches, as the uppermost tiers of the T20I team rankings have the potential to change over the next two weeks.

Pakistan, which leads the table with 131 points, will be the favourite in the upcoming Zimbabwe Tri-Series to be played in Harare from 1-8 July, but the presence of Australia in the competition spices up the contests as the reigning ICC World Cup champion is only five points behind Pakistan and with a good chance to overtake it.

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Irrespective of the result of Australia’s one-off match against England ahead of the tournament, it can overtake Pakistan in the double-league if it wins all its four matches against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. In such a scenario, it will move ahead of Pakistan, even if the latter wins both its matches against Zimbabwe.

Australia can go up to 137 points if it beats England, win its four league matches and beats Pakistan in the final, while Pakistan will similarly reach 136 points if it wins all its four league matches and the final against Australia.

Zimbabwe, currently placed 12th, will overtake Scotland on the points table even with a solitary win in the tournament. Ireland, placed 17th on the points table, will overtake Oman if it wins a match against India and will move to the 15th position, also ahead of Hong Kong, if it pulls off a 2-0 series win.

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In the ICC T20I player rankings, Pakistan’s Babar Azam heads the list of batsmen, while the Australia pair of Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch are in third and fourth positions.

India captain Kohli, a former top-ranked batsman will be looking to claw back from his eighth position, while England’s Jos Buttler would be looking to continue his ODI form and better his 26th position in T20Is.

Wrist-spinners Shadab Khan of Pakistan (2nd) and Yuzvendra Chahal of India (3rd) will be the leading bowlers seen in upcoming matches, while Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza (10th among batsmen) and Ireland’s George Dockrell (19th among bowlers) will be the others looking to better their positions.