The ICC released the batting and bowling rankings of the men’s T20 international players of the ICC (International Cricket Council) on Wednesday. KL Rahul retained the third position in the new ranking, while Indian captain Virat Kohli improved one place to seventh.
Rahul and Kohli’s boom
Rahul and Kohli are the only two Indian batsmen to feature in the top-10 of the players’ rankings of all three categories of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. Rahul is behind David Malan (915) and Babar Azam (820) by 816 points while Kohli has 697 points. Kohli is in the top 10 rankings in all three formats.
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New Zealand players are number one
Captain Virat Kohli is at the top of the ODI batting rankings while the Test batsmen are in second place in the rankings. Among other players, New Zealand opener Tim Siefert and fast bowler Tim Southee achieved career-best spots after playing a key role in the 2–1 away series win against Pakistan.
New Zealand gains the most
Siefert jumped to ninth position with a jump of 24 places in the series with a total of 176, while Saudis took a total of six wickets to move from 13th to seventh position. The Saudis also managed to reach the top 10 in all three formats in their careers. He is at his career-best fourth in Tests and ninth in ODIs. Devon Conway (62nd) and Glenn Phillips (72nd) are the other New Zealand players who have moved up the batting rankings.
Rashid Khan is number one
For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez has moved up 14 places to 33rd position while Mohammad Rizwan has moved up from 152nd to 158th. In the bowlers’ list, Faheem Ashraf reached 13th, Shaheen Afridi 16th and Harif Rauf reached 67th. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi top the T20 bowlers and all-rounder rankings respectively.
Pakistan lost by three points in the ICC Men’s T20 International Team Rankings while New Zealand gained by three points. However, Pakistan retained their fourth position and New Zealand sixth. England lead the team rankings by 275 rating points followed by Australia (272) and India (268).