India won a close series against Australia in Hyderabad, moving them ahead of England by seven points atop the ICC T20 rankings. India, headed by Rohit Sharma, rallied from a 1-0 deficit against the visiting Australia to draw the series in Nagpur, and Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav’s fifties in the last match on Sunday sealed a 2-1 victory. The six-wicket victory in the final over raised their rating in the ICC T20 rankings, which were revealed on Monday, by one point to 268 points, giving them a seven-point advantage over England, their nearest competitor.
India will have the opportunity to increase their lead over the competition before the World Cup in Australia during the forthcoming three-match series against South Africa. With 258 points, the Proteas are now in third place in the team standings, but they might move up if they win the forthcoming series starting on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram. In fact, Pakistan’s tight three-run victory over England in the fourth game on Sunday in Karachi contributed to India extending their lead. There are still plenty of ranking points up for grabs during the remaining three games in Lahore in that series, which is still tied at two games apiece.
With 258 points, Pakistan is presently level with South Africa for third position in the team standings, but if they win their remaining three matches against England, they might go up as high as second. In contrast, if England wins one of those games, they will keep their current status of second. Following their series loss to India, the defending World Cup champions Australia, who are currently ranked sixth, fell one point to 250. Prior to having the chance to defend their championship at home, Australia is scheduled to play six games, including matches against the West Indies, England, and India (warm-up).