Australia’s Shane Watson and Gautam Gambhir of India have made upward movements in the ICC T20I Player Rankings which were released on Saturday.
Watson scored 69 and 0 in the two T20Is against the West Indies and has been rewarded with a jump of three places which puts him inside the top 10 in ninth position for the first time in his career.
Gambhir, who was in sparkling form against South Africa before rain ended the match with India being 71-0 in 7.5 overs while chasing 220, has also moved up three places to 14th spot.
While Watson is his country’s highest-ranked batsman, one ahead of David Warner, Suresh Raina is India’s highest-ranked batsman in seventh position – seven places ahead of Gambhir.
South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, who scored 61 against India, has returned in 12th position while his team-mate Colin Ingram has risen 13 places to 36th position after scoring a 59-ball 78.
The batting table is headed by England’s Kevin Pietersen who was ICC World Twenty20 2010 Player of the Tournament. Martin Guptill of New Zealand and England’s Eoin Morgan are second and third, respectively.
In the ICC Player Rankings for T20I bowlers, Watson has gained 11 places and is now in 13th spot after picking up one for 16 and two for 26 against the West Indies in St Lucia and Barbados, respectively.
However, West Indies captain Darren Sammy has slipped three places to 10th position after remaining wicketless in the two T20Is.
Five spinners sit at top of the bowling chart with England’s Graeme Swann in number-one position, followed by Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka, Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan, Johan Botha of South Africa and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
In the ICC T20I Player Rankings for all-rounders, Watson has extended his advantage over number-two ranked Shahid Afridi of Pakistan to 92 ratings points.
In the ICC T20I Championship table, defending ICC World Twenty20 champion England has been holding the number-one position since the rankings system was introduced last year in October.
England leads second-ranked South Africa by seven ratings points while Sri Lanka, the host of ICC World Twenty20 2012, is in third spot. Former ICC World Twenty20 champions India and Pakistan are ranked seventh and fifth, respectively.