India opener KL Rahul moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest ICC Men’s T20I Rankings, announced on 24th November, while the former Indian captain Virat Kohli has dropped out from the top 10 for the first time in 18 months.
KL Rahul scored 80 runs in two matches, including a 49-ball 65, versus New Zealand in the recently-concluded series. He has been an in-form batsman and continues his rise in international cricket.
Rohit Sharma, the newly-appointed T20I skipper, ended the series as the leading run-scorer, and bagged the Man of the Series award, for amassing 159 runs in 3 matches at a strike rate of over 150. Sharma moved up a couple of spots to 13th.
The big news is that Virat Kohli, who was rested for the New Zealand series, has been pushed out of the top 10. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, after scoring 152 runs in 3 matches against India, re-enter the top 10 batters list, and is now placed at No. 10.
Mitchell Santner made significant gains in the bowlers’ list, soaring 10 spots to No.13 while India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has moved up to No.19 after gaining five spots.
R Ashwin, who has made a successful return to India’s T20I side, gained a massive 129 spots to go to No.92 and Axar Patel, who was Man of the Match in the third T20I for figures of 3/9, jumped up 160 spots to reach No.112. Pacer Deepak Chahar now sits No.40 among bowlers.
Mohammad Rizwan climbs to No. 4 spot
Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan progressed one position to reach the fourth slot following the series against Bangladesh where he was the second-highest run-scorer with 90 runs.
Rizwan’s opening partner and captain, Babar Azam, continues to lead the batting charts, despite a poor series where he scored 27 runs in 3 innings. Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga leads the bowling rankings while Mohammad Nabi is the top-ranked all-rounder in T20Is.
From the Bangladesh team, opener Mohammad Naim slipped to No.23, losing three spots after averaging 16.66 in the series. However, his teammates, Afif Hossain (up by 29 spots to No.85) and Mahedi Hasan (up 46 spots to No.255) made notable gains in the batsmen rankings. Mahedi also made gains in the bowlers’ rankings, moving up six spots to No.12.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, after picking 3 wickets in 2 matches at an economy of 5.25, has entered the top 15, climbing to No.14 in the bowlers’ chart while in the all-rounders’ list, he has joined England’s Ben Stokes at No.44.