After a decent performance in the final Twenty20 International game against New Zealand, the chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has crawled up to the second spot in the recently released T20 International Rankings by the governing body International Cricket Council (ICC).
Kuldeep’s two wickets for 26 in the final T20I against New Zealand helped him rise in the rankings. However, the Men in Blue lost the match by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series.
The 24-year-old cricketer now has 728 points to his name and is now second only to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table. Khan is still the top-ranked Twenty20 International bowler in the world with 793 points.
Surprisingly, no other Indian bowler is in the top-10. Kuldeep spin bowling partner Yuzvendra Chahal, who had a forgettable T20 series against the Kiwis, dropped six places in the rankings and is now at 17th spot while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is on 18th position.
Meanwhile, in the rankings of batsmen, the stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma swapped places with KL Rahul in the list as Rohit moved up to 7th position in the rankings while Rahul went down to 10th spot in the recently released list.
For New Zealand, explosive left-handed batsman Colin Munro, who played a blistering knock of 72 in the third and final game of the T20I series, moved up to the second position in the rankings with 825 points. The list of batsmen is led by Pakistan’s Babar Azam who has 885 points.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson moves up one place to 12th, Ross Taylor moves up seven spots to reach the 51st position and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert reached his career-best 83rd after having a successful series with the bat against the mighty Indians.
In the bowling department, right-arm pacer Tim Southee moved up seven places to 30th spot meanwhile Indian left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya also moved up 39 places to a career-best 58th.
ICC T20I TEAM RANKINGS
Pakistan (135 points)
India (124 points)
South Africa (118 points)
England (118 points)
Australia (117 points)
New Zealand (116 points)
West Indies (101 points)
Afghanistan (92 points)
Sri Lanka (86 points)
Bangladesh (77 points)
ICC T20I BATTING RANKINGS
Babar Azam (PAK - 885 points)
Colin Munro (NZ - 825 points)
Aaron Finch (AUS - 806 points)
Evin Lewis (WIN - 751 points)
Glenn Maxwell (AUS – 745 points)
Fakhar Zaman (PAK – 700 points)
Rohit Sharma (IND – 698 points)
Alex Hales (ENG – 697 points)
Jason Roy (ENG – 688 points)
Lokesh Rahul (IND – 677 points)
ICC T20I BOWLING RANKINGS
Rashid Khan (AFG – 793 points)
Kuldeep Yadav (IND – 728 points)
Shadab Khan (PAK – 720 points)
Imad Wasim (PAK – 705 points)
Adil Rashid (ENG – 676 points)
Adam Zampa (AUS – 670 points)
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN – 658 points)
Ish Sodhi (NZ – 657 points)
Faheem Ashraf (PAK – 655 points)
Mitchell Santer (NZ – 638 points)
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar