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The West Indies cricket team, two-time champions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, has ascended to fourth position in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings. This impressive climb comes as the team demonstrates exceptional form in the lead-up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, which the West Indies will co-host from June 1-29.

Dominant Performance in South Africa

The West Indies’ ascent follows a commanding 3-0 series victory over South Africa, propelling them past both New Zealand and South Africa in the rankings. Currently, India leads the list with 264 rating points. Following India are Australia with 257 points, England with 254 points, and the West Indies closely behind with 252 points. New Zealand trails with 250 points, while Pakistan and South Africa are tied at 244 points, with Pakistan marginally ahead on decimal points.

Key Players and Their Contributions

Several West Indies players have reaped the rewards of their stellar performances in the recent series:

Brandon King: The opening batter has jumped five places to secure the eighth position, amassing 159 runs to top the series aggregate.

Johnson Charles: With a remarkable 69 off 26 balls in the third T20I, Charles has soared 17 places to 20th position.

Kyle Mayers: Another significant mover, Mayers has climbed 12 places to 31st, contributing 102 runs in the series.

Gudakesh Motie: The left-arm spinner has made a substantial leap, advancing 84 places to 27th after taking eight wickets in the series.

Global T20I Rankings Updates

The latest weekly update of the ICC Men’s T20I rankings also incorporates performances from the final two matches of the Bangladesh-USA series and the ongoing series between England and Pakistan.

England: Captain Jos Buttler has moved up to seventh position, and Jonny Bairstow has advanced eight places to 36th.

Pakistan: Opener Fakhar Zaman has climbed from 57th to 51st in the batting rankings. In bowling, Shaheen Afridi has risen three places to 11th, and Imad Wasim has gained 14 places, reaching 38th.

USA and Bangladesh: For the USA, Steven Taylor has progressed 28 places to 109th in the batting rankings. For Bangladesh, Rishad Hussain has climbed 38 places to 52nd in the bowling rankings.

West Indies’ Road to the World Cup

The West Indies’ recent performances have set a positive tone ahead of their World Cup campaign, which kicks off against Papua New Guinea in Guyana on June 2. The team’s rise in the rankings and the individual successes of key players indicate strong prospects for the upcoming tournament.

With a blend of experienced and emerging talents showing great form, the West Indies are poised to be formidable hosts and contenders in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Stay updated with the latest cricket news and rankings as the West Indies and other top teams prepare for the much-anticipated T20 showdown.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadrihttp://wasimqadriblog.wordpress.com/
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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