Unlike in Tests and ODIs, India have been quite inconsistent in T20Is in the last one year or so. In the ongoing year, India lost series to New Zealand and Australia in addition to drawing against South Africa. The solitary series win came against West Indies. Consequently, India are ranked five in the shortest format of the game.
The Men in Blue will have a chance to improve their ranking when they take on Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series. The series will kickstart on Sunday in Delhi. And ahead of the clash, India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has made it clear that what India need to do. The star batsman said that he is well aware of India’s performance in T20Is in recent times and has done his homework. Rohit Sharma spoke about India’s rank in T20Is and said that the team needs to go higher.
“The first priority for us is to win games. And then focus on the rest. We have not had a great run in T20s. We probably are ranked number 5 or 6, if I am not wrong. I think five,” said Rohit Sharma.
“No, no. I am pretty sure. I do my homework pretty well. I think we are five, yeah. So that is something that we are really focussed on and we want to get that number a little higher. We want to be at the top in all three formats,” he added when someone in the room said that India are ranked number two in T20Is.
What position are India ranked in T20Is?
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Rohit Sharma’s record as a T20 captain is really impressive. He has led India to win over Sri Lanka in bilateral series as well as led the team to glory in the Nidahas Trophy. In IPL, he is the only captain to have won four IPL titles. Rohit Sharma gave an insight on his process as a T20 captain.
“In T20 you need a lot of strategy, planning, understanding the players, what you have in your squad and what they can offer,” Rohit said. “That is the most important thing for a captain to understand. That is something I have probably executed at Mumbai Indians with the help of the support staff we have.”