Following his terrific comeback in the T20I series against Australia, the Indian opener KL Rahul has taken some huge jumps in the latest ICC rankings on Thursday. Making the most of the opportunity, Rahul scored 50 and 47 in two matches and took a leap of four places to the sixth position with 726 rating points.
Formerly top-ranked Virat Kohli (up two places to 17th) and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni (up seven places to 56th) have also gained among Indian batsmen. On the other hand, the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah (up 12 places to 15th) and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (up 18 places to a career-best 43rd) have also advanced. However, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has dropped two places to occupy the fourth position.
For Australia, D’Arcy Short has gained eight slots to reach the eighth position among batsmen while Nathan Coulter-Nile has gained four slots to reach 45th position among bowlers after taking four wickets against India, including a player of the match haul of three for 26 in the first match.
Among others, Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell rose significantly in the recent ICC T20I Player Rankings after scoring back-to-back 50+ scores in the series against India. He has gained two slots to reach the third position after scores of 56 and 113 not out that helped complete a 2-0 victory in India, Australia’s first series win in over a decade against the 2007 T20 World Cup champions.
The flamboyant Afghani opener Hazratullah Zazai jumped 31 positions to be placed at career-best seventh position in the latest batsmen rankings. He gained a whopping 31 positions after aggregating 204 runs in the 3-0 series victory over Ireland, which included an incredible 162*, the second highest score in T20Is.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has gained 12 slots to reach the 30th place and Usman Ghani has moved up 25 slots to 79th among batsmen while Mujeeb-ur-Rehman has moved from 42nd to 40th in the bowlers’ list.
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For Ireland, Kevin O’Brien has gained 10 places to reach 61st among batsmen while Peter Chase has moved up 22 slots and is now ranked 99th among bowlers.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, India has retained their second position while Australia has overtaken South Africa and England to reach third place and to within two points of India.