Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav (Credits - Getty Images)

Team India’s unorthodox spinner, Kuldeep Yadav has attained his career-best rating points in ICC T20I rankings for bowlers; after the conclusion of the New Zealand T2oIs. On Sunday (February 10th), during the 3rd T20I in Hamilton, Kuldeep Yadav got picked ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal. Though the Indian bowlers conceded 212 runs at the Seddon Park, Kuldeep gave away a mere 26 runs and took two wickets in four overs. As a result, he is placed second on the list with 728 rating points. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan tops the rankings chart with 793 points.

The left-arm spinners climb further on the chart

In the final T20I, Kuldeep got two wickets in the openers – Colin Munro and Tim Seifert. The left hand-right hand combination worked well for the Kiwis; as for the second time against India in the T20Is, they helped New Zealand get a blistering start. In Hamilton, they added 80 for the first wicket before Kuldeep broke the partnership. Not only this, but the pair also scored 66 runs in the Powerplay overs. Later, the 24-year accounted for Munro, who hit 72 off 40 balls.

Kuldeep Yadav, ICC T20I Rankings
Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets against New Zealand in the Hamilton T20I. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, other left-arm spinners have earned some points. Among them are New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner¬†and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim. As Santner moved up four places to the tenth position, Imad Wasim jumped five places to be at the fourth spot on the ICC T20I rankings table.

Moreover, India’s all-rounder, Krunal Pandya saw a massive change in his ranking. Though he and his younger brother, Hardik Pandya conceded 98 runs off eight overs in the Hamilton T20I; Krunal took three wickets in the previous game and won the player of the match award too. The Baroda-born cricketer advanced 39 places to bag his career-best, 58th position.

Taylor, Seifert among other gainers

New Zealand had scored 200 plus totals on two occasions in India T20Is. Apparently, a few of their batsmen took the responsibility and hit a huge chunk of runs. Among them is the Player of the T20I series, Tim Seifert, captain Kane Williamson and veteran batsman, Ross Taylor.

Though Tim rose 87 places to the 83rd position, the skipper, Kane Williamson moved up just one place to sit at the 12th spot. Ross, on the other hand, progressed seven places to 51st. There were batsmen from the Indian camp too who gained points. The stand-in captain for the T20Is, Rohit Sharma is up by three places to the seventh position. His partner in crime, Shikhar Dhawan rose a mere one spot to be at the 11th place.

Here is the latest ICC T20I Rankings chart for the bowlers –

ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav is second on the bowlers’ table in the T20Is. Image Courtesy: ICC

Here is the latest ICC T20I Rankings chart for the batsmen –

ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen
Here is the list of top ten batsmen in ICC T20I Rankings for the batsmen. Image Courtesy: ICC

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