Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma advance in ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings
Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are among the Indian drummers to advance in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s T20I player rankings after winning a home series against England 3-2 in Ahmedabad.
Kohli, who slammed 80 unbeaten on 52 balls going in the opener and was associated in a 94 stand with Rohit who established the platform for the 36-point victory, climbed one spot to fourth and is now the highest ranked since his country ahead of Lokesh Rahul.
Rohit’s 34 64 balls in that game helped him climb three places to 14th place in the latest weekly rankings update which took into account the Afghanistan-Zimbabwe three-game streak in Abu Dhabi outside of the last two matches of the India-England series. .
In other wins for the Indian batsmen, which should be encouraging news as they host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year, Shreyas Iyer has climbed five spots to reach career 26th. while rookie Suryakumar Yadav and wicket-batter keeper Rishabh Pant also made rapid progress.
Yadav, who made his debut in Game 2 of the series but was unable to collect any points because he was not at bat, climbed from bottom to 66th after scores of 57 and 32 while Pant climbed 11 places to 69th in the standings.
Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, player of the match in the last game for his two-for-15 spell, climbed 21 places to 24th while Hardik Pandya advanced 47 places to 78th.
For England, Dawid Malan maintains a good lead at the top of the table after turning 68 in the final match while Jos Buttler moved up one place to 18th. Leg thrower Adil Rashid (up to a spot in fourth) and fast bowlers Jofra Archer (up to 12 spots in 22nd) and Mark Wood (up 12 spots in 27th) moved up the list bowlers.
Afghanistan also had plenty to celebrate after shutting out Zimbabwe 3-0 with Rahmanullah Gurbaz gaining 16 places to reach a career 21st position after topping the series standings with 114 points. Najibullah Zadran (up to five places in 41st), captain Asghar Afghan (up to six places in 52nd) and Usman Ghani (up to 39 places in 85th) also progressed.
However, leg spinner Rashid Khan lost his place at the top of the standings despite finishing with six wickets in the series as he conceded 7.60 points and more. South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is now number one for the first time in his career. Rashid had been roughly at the top since February 5, 2018, only rising to second place for two days in March 2020.
Karim Janat (up eight places at 30th) and Naveen-ul-Haq (up 48 places at 94th) are the Afghan bowlers to advance in the latest update, while for Zimbabwe, Ryan Burl (up to at 38 places at 102nd among batsmen) and Blessing Muzarabani (up 24 places at 102nd place among bowlers) made significant progress.
In MRF Tires’ ICC ODI Male Player Rankings, Jonny Bairstow is up four spots to a career-seventh best after his 94-stroke opener of the Cup Super League series ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup vs India in Pune.
Captain Eoin Morgan moved up one place to 24th place. Versatile Ben Stokes moved up from 75th to 64th in the bowlers while passing compatriot Chris Woakes in third place among the versatile.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who won Game 98, took him two places to 15th place and Bhuvneshwar Kumar moved up five places to move into the top 20 in the latest ODI update, which took into account performances in the opening India-England ODI and the opening two matches of the New Zealand-Bangladesh series.
New Zealand, which took a 2-0 lead, sees left-hander Tom Latham climb five places to 30th and a career record 631 points after notching 110 points in Game 2. Matt Henry moved up to the top 10 (11th to 8th) and Mitchell Santner moved up eight spots to reach 25th overall bowlers.
For Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal moved up three places to reach 19th position and Mohammad Mithun moved from 94th to 82nd.