After their resounding win against England recently, India have jumped four places to claim the third position in the latest ICC Twenty20 Internationals team rankings, released on Wednesday.
England have slipped to the second spot after their 90-run loss to India, while South Africa have become the new No. 1 side. West Indies have fallen four places to eighth spot.
In the player rankings for batsmen, New Zealand's wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum has 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 T20 International to date, has also helped him achieve a career-best rating of 849.
Australia’s Shane Watson has jumped four places to a career-high third position in the latest rankings which were released on Wednesday at the end of the group stage of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. Watson, who won successive Player-of-the-Match awards against Ireland and West Indies, has also garnered his career-best rating of 758.
In addition to his batting exploits (92 runs in two games), Watson has continued to retain seventh position in the Reliance ICC T20I Player Rankings for bowlers and is also the number-one ranked all-rounder in the world.
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has broken back into the top 10 and now sits in eighth position (up by three places). 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).
In the Player Rankings for bowlers, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka boast three bowlers each inside the top 20 while Pakistan have three bowlers inside the top 10, with Saeed Ajmal sitting on top of the tree, followed by Shahid Afridi in fifth (up by one place) and captain Mohammad Hafeez in ninth (up by two place).
South Africa's Dale Steyn has jumped 10 places to claim 11th position, while Harbhajan Singh, who claimed 4 for 12 against England, India’s best figures in a T20 International, has broken into the top 20 and is now at 17th place (up five).
Others big movers are Tim Southee in 16th (up by eight places), Irfan Pathan in 23rd (up by eight places), Sunil Narine in 44th (up by 13 places), Brad Hogg in 51st (up by 25 places), Pat Cummins in 54th (up by 18 places) and Jacques Kallis in 65th (up by 22 places).
In the all-rounders' list, Shakib has vaulted four places to fifth while Marlon Samuels in 20th (up by five), James Franklin in 23rd (up by six) and Kevin O’Brien in 28th (up by 10) have also made upward movements.
The player rankings will now be updated at the end of the Super Eight stage on 3 October.