Suryakumar Yadav has cemented his position at the top of the ICC’s T20I batting ranking after his fireworks display during India’s successful T20I series in New Zealand. Suryakumar hit an unbeaten 111 off 51 balls in the second T20I against New Zealand. It was the only match of the series to be completed, with the first wiped out and the third ending in a draw after rain forced the match called off during India’s chase.
Suryakumar has accumulated 31 rating points in the series and his 890 points puts him 54 points ahead of Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan, who is seeded second. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya, who led India in the series against New Zealand, reached the tie for 50th place among batsmen thanks to his unbeaten 30 in the last game. On the bowlers’ chart, veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has moved up two places to 11th, while left-arm striker Arshdeep Singh has moved up one place to 21st. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has moved up eight places to 40th.
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Meanwhile, former talisman captain Virat Kohli has moved up to sixth in the ODI rankings, while skipper Rohit Sharma has continued his stay at number eight. The injured Jasprit Bumrah, who is 11th, is the top ranked Indian on the bowlers list.
Australia openers David Warner and Travis Head have made remarkable gains in the ODI player rankings after an epic 269-run partnership at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), while Steve Smith’s consistent performances in the home series against England have helped him achieve a career-best equator to reach seventh position.
Warner, a former best hitter, has moved up one spot to move up to fifth in the list after a score of 106 in the last game that helped him finish with 240 runs and win the Player of the Series award.
Head, who amassed 208 runs from his Player of the Match effort of 152 at the MCG, has moved up 12 places to reach 30th position.
Smith finished third in the run-scorer list, his 195 runs being good enough to lift him three places to seventh, a position he had taken in January 2017. Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh also moved up the list, occupying 68th and 84th place. respective positions.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who was named Player of the Match with a haul of four for 47 in Sydney’s second ODI, has moved up four places to fourth, while leg spinner Adam Zampa (up eight places to seventh) and Pat Cummins (up one place to 17th) has also risen in the bowler rankings.
For England, Phil Salt and Dawid Malan have entered the top 100. Salt has moved up six slots to reach 97th position, while Malan has moved up 56 places and is ranked 100th
(with PTI inputs)