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Twin 50s help Kohli to break through in top 5 T20I batsmen

Virat Kohli

Ahead of the T20I series, there were few concerns about the form of Virat Kohli but the Indian skipper silenced his critics with two back to back half centuries in the 2nd and 3rd T20Is. Kohli played unbeaten knocks of 73 and 77 respectively which helped him break through the rankings for top 5 batsmen in T20I cricket. He gained 47 rating points to settle at the 5th spot. Along with Kohli, Jos Buttler, who played a blistering knock of 83 in the 3rd T20I also advanced 5 places to 19th position, 2 short of his career best 17th rank.

Jonny Bairstow, who stroked a quickfire 40 in the 3rd T20I, moved 2 places to the 14th position while Jason Roy, who’s had a decent series with the bat, advanced 4 spot to 24th. Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Sam Curran also saw some noticeable gains and advanced several slots to settle at 34th, 39th and 74th respectively.  For India, Shreyas Iyer gained 32 places to reach 31st rank while Rishabh Pant moved 30 places to 80th position. Washington Sundar advanced 2 places to 11th while pacers Shardul Thakur (up by 14 places to 11th) and Bhuveneshwar Kumar (up 7 places to 45th) also moved up in the T20 rankings for the bowlers.

In MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI rankings, West Indies’ Shai hope, who was in scintillating form in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, gained 5 slots to reach the 7th position. Nicolas Pooran, Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo moved 1, 10 and 8 places to reach 32nd, 44th and 99th position respectively. Danushka Gunathilaka from Sri Lanka reached 51st position in the ranking for the top batsmen while Lakshan Sandakan moved up to 99th in the list of top bowlers.

In Tests, Hashmatullah Shahidi’s double hundred against Zimbabwe helped him enter the top hundred players. He is fixed at the 90th position. Asghar Afghan, who too scored a century in the series advanced to his career best 65th place while Rashid Khan’s herculean effort in the second Test, where he bowled around 100 overs, pushed him to 32nd position. Zimbabwe skipper, Sean Williams also reached 24th position.

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