ICC T20I Rankings: New Zealand clinched a cliffhanger against India on Sunday to stop men in blue’s bandwagon in the shortest format. Before the 2-1 loss to Kiwis in the recently-concluded T20I series, Team India had remained unbeaten in nine consecutive bilateral series, winning seven out of it and played draw in two. However, despite the loss – wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma emerged as the biggest gainers in the latest rolled out ICC T20I rankings on Monday.
Kuldeep attained his career-best second position in the T20I bowler’s rankings which is led by Afghanistan’s sensation Rashid Khan. Pakistan spin duo of Shadab Khan (No. 3), Imad Wasim (No. 4) and England’s Adil Rashid (No. 5) are the other bowler’s rounding off the top-5 in the T20I charts.
Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks during the three-match T20I rubber versus Black Caps.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers. Mitchell Santner (up four places to 10th) has also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.
For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.
Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.
Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.
The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers.
Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.
In the Team rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table.
(With ICC Inputs)