Rewarded for his impressive performance in the recently-concluded T20I series against Australia, India’s Kuldeep Yadav has vaulted into the top-five of the ICC Rankings for T20I Bowlers. For showing great consistency with the ball in the three-match T20I rubber against Kangaroos, wrist spinner Yadav has leapfrogged 20 spots managed to grab the third position in T20I bowlers rankings. He picked up four wickets at a tidy economy in the series. Whereas, Team India has lost a solitary point for playing a 1-1 stalemate against Australia and are behind arch-rivals Pakistan (top spot) in the T20I team rankings. India are followed by England, Australia and South Africa in the rankings.
Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma are the only two Indian cricketers to feature in the top 10 of T20I batsmen rankings. Captain Virat Kohli, who powered India to victory in the third and final T20I against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday is at the 14th spot, while opener Shikhar Dhawan has gained five places to jump at the 11th position. Dhawan is the biggest mover, rising five places to a career-high 11th position. The Indian southpaw scored 76 and 41 in the first and third T20I vs Australia, while the second match in Melbourne was washed-out.
The latest player rankings include player performances in the one-off T20I between Australia and South Africa and the T20I series between Australia and India. Australia’s Adam Zampa has also made significant gains in the latestly-rolled out T20I rankings, he has climbed 17 spots to claim his career-best position in the bowlers rankings. Zampa is at the fifth spot behind Kuldeep and Adil Rashid.ot. The two wrist-spinners have edged out fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah of India and Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman out of the top-20 to increase the number of slow bowlers to 13 in the top-20 list.
Bowlers inside the top-20 to lose ground include Imran Tahir in ninth (down by three places), Yuzvendra Chahal in 11th (down by seven places), Billy Stanlake in 14th (down by five places) and Andrew Tye in 18th (down by eight places).
Outside the top-20, South Africa’s duo of Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo have improved their rankings. Morris is now ranked 27th (up by six places) and Phehlukwayo is ranked 38th (up by four places).
Babar Azam of Pakistan is the number-one ranked batsman, while Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is the top-ranked bowler. Glenn Maxwell of Australia is the leading all-rounder.