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JUST IN: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and KL Rahul gain big in latest ICC T20I Rankings

Here’s where our favorite players rank in the latest ICC T20I Rankings which were released on Thursday

ICC released the T20I rankings on Thursday, and with some expected names like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, there are new names to look out for, who have proved their worth in the world cricket and made it to the list of the ICC top players in the T20I format.

KL Rahul, who made a comeback after his Koffee with Karan saga, made it to number six in the latest T20I rankings gaining four places with 726 rating points. He became the only Indian batsman to feature in the top 10 batting list. Rahul scored a brilliant 50 off just 36 balls in the first T20I against Australia at Vizag and followed it up with a 26 ball 47 in the second T20I at Bengaluru.

Speaking of some emerging and young players, Afghanistan’s star player Hazratullah Zazai has gained a whopping 31 slots to reach a career-best seventh position after aggregating 204 runs in the 3-0 series victory over Ireland, that included an incredible 162 not out, the second highest score in T20Is. The left-hander slammed 11 fours and 16 sixes during the 62-ball knock and helped his team post the highest ever T20I total of 278/3.

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has gained 12 slots to reach 30th place and Usman Ghani has moved up 25 slots to 79th among batsmen while Mujeeb-ur-Rehman has moved from 42nd to 40th in the bowlers’ list. Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien has moved up 10 places to reach 61st place among batsmen whereas Peter Chase has moved up 22 slots and is now ranked 99th among bowlers.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli ranked at 17th and MS Dhoni at 56th.  While, in the bowling unit, Jasprit Bumrah grabbed the 15th position, followed by the left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya at 43rd bring his career best. However, Kuldeep Yadav’s position spotted a downfall with two places to consume the fourth spot.

It was Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell who surged sharply in the ICC T20I player Rankings after a splendid performance with the bat in the series against India. He scored a 56 off 113 not out, helping Australia clinch the series 2-0 against India. It was Australia’s first victory in over a decade against the 2007 World T20 champions. Maxwell, who was the top-ranked batsman in the format a year ago, gained two slots to reach the third position.

As far as the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings are considered, Pakistan leads the charts with 135 points, 13 points ahead of second placed India. India retained its second positon while Australia surpassed South Africa and England to reach the 3rd position. Afghanistan and Ireland retained their 8th and 17th positions respectively in the latest T20I Rankings.

AUTHOR’S TAKE:

The ICC T20I Rankings reflects the performance of each individual player in the shortest format of cricket. Events like IPL, BPL, ASL provides an excellent platform for the players to showcase their talent and excel in the limited over cricket followed by the same level of excellency in the international events.

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