·         Bumrah starts series as top-ranked bowler in shortest format

·         Miller, Shoaib and Shadab among players to gain in rankings

India will do Pakistan a huge favour if they defeat New Zealand in an upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series as such a result will see their arch rivals top the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings.

New Zealand are the top-ranked side in the shortest format with 125 points but Pakistan have closed in to within one point after securing a 3-0 win in their series against Sri Lanka that culminated in Lahore on Sunday.

India are placed fifth at 116 points and can at best go to second position with a 3-0 win over New Zealand which will take them to 122 points. Pakistan will reach the top rank with their tally of 124 points in such a scenario with New Zealand slipping to 114 points and fifth position. Even a 2-1 series win for India will be enough for Pakistan to move to the top with New Zealand slipping to 121 points.

India v New Zealand series scenarios:

·         India win 3-0 – India 122 points, New Zealand 114 points

·         India win 2-1- New Zealand 121 points, India 118 points

·         New Zealand win 2-1- New Zealand 126 points, India 115 points

·         New Zealand win 3-0 – New Zealand 132 points, India 111 points

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Meanwhile, India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah will head into the series on Wednesday as the number one bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings which were updated after the Pakistan-Sri Lanka and South Africa-Bangladesh series.

Bumrah, who attained a career-best third position in the ODI rankings on Monday, has regained the T20I top spot after Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim slipped one place. India captain Virat Kohli, who on Mondayedged AB de Villiers to claim top ranking in ODIs, also goes into the New Zealand T20I series as the top-ranked batsman in the format.

For New Zealand, captain Kane Williamson is the leading batsman at fourth place while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner is the leading bowler in 12th position.

Meanwhile, South Africa batsman David Miller’s record-breaking 101 not out in Potchefstroom and an aggregate of 126 runs in the series has seen him move up 16 places to 22nd rank while Hashim Amla’s 88 runs have helped him gain five slots to reach seventh position. Other batsmen to move up after these two series are Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar (up 19 places to 28th) and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (up three places to 26th).

South Africa spinner Aaron Phangiso (up 19 places to 47th) has also made significant gains while Pakistan bowlers Shadab Khan (up 21 places to 40th), Mohammad Aamir (up 21 places to 49th) and Hasan Ali (up 10 places to 63rd) have made good progress.

India v New Zealand series itinerary:

1 November: 1st T20I, New Delhi

4 November: 2nd T20I, Rajkot

7 November: 3rd T20I, Thiruvananthapuram

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 31 October, before the India-New Zealand series):

Rank    Team                Points

1          New Zealand     125

2          Pakistan           124 (+3)

3          West Indies       120

4          England            119

5          India                 116

6          South Africa      112 (+2)

7          Australia           111

8          Sri Lanka          91 (-2)

9          Afghanistan      86

10         Bangladesh       76 (-2)

11         Scotland           67

12         Zimbabwe         65

13         UAE                 52

14         Netherlands       49

15         Hong Kong       46

16         PNG                 39

17         Oman               38

18         Ireland              36

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as of 31 October, before the India-New Zealand series):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge      S/R        Highest Rating

   1          ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          811        52.91      136         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   2          ( – )          Aaron Finch          Aus         784        37.73      148         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   3          ( – )          Evin Lewis            Win         780*!     36.00      155         780 v Eng at Durham 2017

   4          ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ           745        36.29      123         760 v Ban at Napier 2017

   5          (+1)         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         700        28.93      165         763 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

   6          (+1)         Alex Hales            Eng         690        32.92      135         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   7=        (+5)         Hashim Amla       SA           683!       34.51      133         683 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

               (+1)         Joe Root                Eng         683        39.10      129         750 v Win at Kolkata 2016

   9=        (-4)          Babar Azam          Pak         664*      46.80      122         713 v ROW at Lahore 2017

               ( – )          M. Shahzad          Afg          664        32.34      137         706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  11         (-1)          H. Masakadza      Zim         657        29.43      120         699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  12         (-2)          Faf du Plessis       SA           631        36.09      133         843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

  13         (+1)         Shaiman Anwar   UAE        615        31.12      121         636 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017

  14         (+1)         Eoin Morgan         Eng         608        28.65      130         872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

  15         (-2)          Sabbir Rahman    Ban         605        27.59      121         650 v NZ at Bay Oval 2017

  16         ( – )          Marlon Samuels  Win         604        30.60      115         723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

  17         ( – )          Colin Munro          NZ           590        25.04      149         623 v Ban at Bay Oval 2017

  18         ( – )          David Warner       Aus         586        27.35      139         826 v Win at St Lucia 2010

  19         ( – )          Jos Buttler             Eng         579        26.68      139         607 v SL at Southampton 2016

  20         ( – )          Lokesh Rahul       Ind          575*      50.66      149         611 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge     Eco       Highest Rating

   1          (+1)         Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          729        18.02     6.72       764 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

   2          (-1)          Imad Wasim         Pak         719        20.25     6.01       780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

   3          (+1)         Rashid Khan         Afg          717!       14.35     5.91       717 v Win at St Kitts 2017

   4          (+2)         Samuel Badree    Win         694         17.59     5.79       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   5          (-2)          Imran Tahir           SA           691         15.85     6.80       795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

   6          (+1)         Sunil Narine          Win         676         20.68     6.02       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

   7          (-2)          M. Rahman           Ban         667*      14.92     6.16       695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

   8=        (+1)         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         661         20.65     6.79       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

               ( – )          James Faulkner   Aus         661         19.00     7.96       688 v SL at Adelaide 2017

  10         ( – )          M. Naveed            UAE        626        17.27     6.06       632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

  11         ( – )          Hamza Hotak       Afg          614        24.68     6.75       627 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  12         ( – )          Mitchell Santner   NZ           613*!     16.35     6.65       613 v SA at Auckland 2017

  13         ( – )          Chris Jordan         Eng         605         26.19     8.73       628 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

  14         ( – )          Graeme Cremer  Zim         602         18.84     6.98       669 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  15         ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          601        22.94     6.97       765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016

  16         ( – )          Ish Sodhi               NZ           593*      14.47     6.80       605 v Ban at Bay Oval 2017

  17         ( – )          Adam Zampa       Aus         592*!     14.81     5.92       592 v Ind at Guwahati 2017

  18         ( – )          Mohammad Nabi Afg          579         25.20     7.23       638 v Win at Nagpur 2016

  19         ( – )          Ahmed Raza         UAE        578 !      38.50     6.56       578 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017

  20         ( – )          Van Der Gugten   Net         568        21.16     6.97       605 v Ban at Dharamsala 2016 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Highest Rating

   1          ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         354        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   2          ( – )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         330        388 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

   3          ( – )          Mohammad Nabi Afg          275        286 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   4          ( – )          Marlon Samuels  Win         270        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

   5          (+3)         JP Duminy            SA           213        276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

*indicates provisional rating

! indicates best rating

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