In a triumphant turn of events, West Indies cricket stars have surged ahead in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings following their long-awaited series victory over India. After a six-year drought, the West Indies secured a narrow 3-2 win against India in their home T20I series, showcasing remarkable performances from several players throughout the five-game contest.
One standout player, opener Brandon King, etched his name in the spotlight by notching an unbeaten 85 runs in the series decider held in Florida. King’s remarkable performance propelled the 28-year-old up five places to secure the 13th spot overall, marking a new career-high rating in the T20I batter rankings. King’s total runs for the series amounted to an impressive 173, placing him just behind the series’ Player of the Series, Nicholas Pooran, who scored a notable 176 runs. Pooran, despite his remarkable showing, shifted one place down to the 15th spot on the T20I batter rankings, trailing behind India’s powerhouse Suryakumar Yadav.
While Suryakumar Yadav had a comparatively quieter series with two half-centuries and a total of 166 runs, his consistent performance ensured he maintained his commanding lead atop the T20I rankings for batters. Another rising star from the Indian team, Shubman Gill, saw his ranking surge by 43 spots, securing a shared 25th position on the same list, after amassing 102 runs against the West Indies.
The T20I bowler rankings also experienced shifts following the series that unfolded in the Caribbean and the USA. West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein advanced three places, claiming the 11th spot on the T20I bowler rankings, bolstered by his five wickets across the series. Meanwhile, India’s Kuldeep Yadav’s impressive performance resulted in a significant climb of 23 positions, landing him at 28th on the T20I bowler rankings.
Notably, West Indies pacer Romario Shepherd garnered well-deserved attention for his Player of the Match performance in the series’ pivotal fifth and final match against India. Shepherd’s outstanding display, which included taking four Indian wickets during the eight-wicket victory at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, led to substantial gains in the rankings. The right-armer ascended 20 places to secure the 63rd spot on the list for bowlers, while also advancing four spots to the 19th position in the T20I rankings for all-rounders.