Indian wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav continues to rise in international cricket. After a spectacular performance in Australia in the three-match T20I series, the Indian spinner has jumped 20 places in ICC’s T20I bowling rankings and has reached his career best spot of number three. Other Indian players had mixed results in the latest ICC rankings.
Kuldeep Yadav was one of India’s finest performers in the recently concluded T20I series against Australia. He bowled effectively in all three games and ended up with four wickets. However more importantly his accurate bowling allowed India to control the middle overs.
In the first T20I, Yadav picked two wickets and conceded 24 runs while in the second T20I at Melbourne he finished with figures of 1 for 23. In the third T20I at Sydney, the wrist-spinner gave away just 19 runs and also claimed one wicket.
Kuldeep now has 714 points and is placed at number three with Rashid Khan (793 points) and Shadab Khan (752 points) at number one and two respectively. Adil Rashid and Adam Zampa complete the top-five slots in the ICC bowling ranking for T20Is which is completely dominated by wrist-spinners.
India’s batsmen on the other hand had mixed results in the latest ICC rankings. KL Rahul who fared poorly in the T20I series has slipped to number nine while Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma too has been demoted to number six.
On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan who registered scores of 76 and 41 runs in the series has moved to number 11 in the rankings.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli who steered India to a win at Sydney with a magnificent half-century has held on to his number 14 position.
Meanwhile Team India has retained its top spot in Test cricket with 116 points while England have reached number two position after defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. England now has 108 points while Pakistan are at the top position in T20I cricket with 138 points and India is at number two with 127 points.