Sports / ICC T20I Rankings: Kuldeep Yadav rises to career-best second, India lose points

The Indian Express : Feb 11, 2019, 03:22 PM

Kuldeep Yadav jumped one place to second in the latest ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers following his two wicket spell in the third T20I against New Zealand. India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has risen one place to a career-best second in the latest ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers. Kuldeep registered figures of 2/26 in the third T20I between India and New Zealand which Men in Blue lost by four run series 2-1

Fellow left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya is another India player to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress in the charts with useful knocks.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers. Mitchell Santner has moved four places to tenth in the list.

In the team rankings, India continue to hold the second spot but have dropped two points. This 2-1 loss against New Zealand was India’s first ever T20I series defeat. Pakistan continue to lead the table with 135 points but have also dropped three points in their series defeat. South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place following their 2-1 series win over Pakistan. Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table.

For South Africa, left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets. Among the Proteas batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.