Team India became the No. 1 side in the ICC T20I team rankings for the first time in six years after their 3-0 series win over West Indies in Kolkata on Sunday (February 20). India surpassed former T20 World Champions England who had 269 rating points to take the top spot.
Its last defeat came in the 2021 T20 World Cup group stage against New Zealand before winning its remaining three matches in the tournament against Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland.
After Virat Kohlis step-down from captaincy post the World Cup, incumbent skipper Rohit Sharma led India to series clean-sweeps over New Zealand and West Indies - raising the tally to nine consecutive wins in the format.
Meanwhile, Team India pacer Harshal Patel said that the dampness in the wicket made it difficult for his side to hold on to the landing area in the third and final T20I against West Indies, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Suryakumar Yadav’s 65-run knock was backed up by a spirited bowling performance as India defeated West Indies by 17 runs in the third and final T20I.
India was previously No. 1 in the format under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership from February 12, 2016, to May 3, 2016. Their last defeat came in the 2021 T20 World Cup group stage against New Zealand before winning their remaining three matches in the tournament against Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland.