- Kuldeep Yadav is the biggest gainer, reaching a career-best ranking of number 2 T-20 bowler behind Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.
- Rohit Sharma Jumps 3 places and reaches number 7 in the T20 batting rankings.
- Viral Kohli drops 4 places to number 19 in the latest T20 batting rankings.
Kuldeep Yadav previously held the third spot in the T20 bowler rankings. The Indian spinner now sits at 728 points while Shadab Khan of Pakistan who previously held the second spot dropped to third. Kuldeep’s jump to second in the latest rankings issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) comes as no surprise considering his performance in the recently concluded Newzealand T20 series. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan still maintains his top spot with 793 rating points. Kuldeep’s performance in T20s for India has been brilliant, the spinner averages a wicket every 13th ball he delivers.
Kuldeep played in the final and deciding match of the T20 series against Kiwis. He took two wickets for 26 runs. Kuldeep now has 35 wickets in 18 T20 matches, his average is 12.97. In the latest ICC bowler rankings, no other Indian bowler is included in the top-10. Meanwhile, his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal has slipped 6 places to 17th. The seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar remains at 18th place.
When it comes to batting, Pakistan’s Babar Azam retains at the top spot. Rohit Sharma has climbed three places to number seven. At the same time, KL Rahul, who is stranded in controversies, has lost three places to number 10. While Shikhar Dhawan is at number 11. Virat Kohli, who is given a rest during the series against New Zealand, has suffered four ranking losses. He has reached number 19 with 599 points. Leg-spinner Kunal Pandya, who took four wickets in the T-20 series against New Zealand, has gained 39 places. He has reached number 58 in the bowling rankings. This is the best ranking of his career so far.