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India at 3rd spot in T20 rankings

India at 3rd spot in T20 rankings
Riding on their huge win over England in the group stages of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, India jumped four places to claim the third position in the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table, which was released on Wednesday.

India spanked defending champions England by 90 runs in a Group A match, which propelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men to 116 rating points. The crushing defeat meant England slipped a position to second spot with 124 ratings points. South Africa head into the Super Eight stage as the number-one ranked team. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina is the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 list for the T20I Player Rankings for batsmen.

Even though Raina dropped two places in the recently-released chart, the left-hander still occupied the fifth position with 730 points in his kitty. Another Indian to rise in the chart is opener Gautam Gambhir who is 13th [up by three places]. New Zealand's wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum retained his number-one batting spot with Chris Gayle in second place. McCullum's knock of 123 against Bangladesh, the highest in the history of Twenty20 International cricket to date, also helped him achieve a career-best rating of 849.

Others to make upward movements are Virat Kohli in 19th [up by 10 places], Rohit Sharma in 26th [up by 12 places], Nasir Jamshed in 32nd [up by 51 places], Shakib Al Hasan in 37th [up by 29 places] and Imran Nazir in 43rd [up by 42 places].

No Indian, however, found a place in the top-10 bowlers ranking, which is being headed by Saeed Ajmal [Pakistan], Graeme Swann [England] and Ajantha Mendis [Sri Lanka].
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