Virat Kohli jumps up by one spot in ICC T20I Batsman Rankings

Team India captain Virat Kohli has gained one spot to move up from No. 5 to No. 4 in the latest ICC T20I Batting rankings.

India haven’t played a T20I since March. However, Kohli swapped places with New Zealand opener Devon Conway, who moved down to the fifth positions,since his performances were not up to the mark. KL Rahul is at the No. 6 position and is the only other Indian batter apart from Kohli in the top 10 of the ICC T20I player rankings.

Quinton de Kock, the South Africa wicketkeeper-batter, has jumped to a career-high eighth position in the ICC’s men’s T20I rankings for batters, following a sensational run of two half centuries in the three-match series against Sri Lanka.
 
de Kock, with 153 runs, topped the run-charts in the three-match series which South Africa won 3-0. He capped it off with an unbeaten 46-ball 59 in the third T20I, helping him breakthrough into the top 10 in the rankings for the first time. de Kock has previously held career-high rankings of third and sixth in ODIs and Tests, respectively.
 
Aiden Markram, who made scores of 48 and 21* in his two innings in the series, was the other South African batter to climb the rankings, moving 12 spots to 11th. Among the bowlers, Bjorn Fortuin (up 103 places to 43rd), and Anrich Nortje (up 29 places to 71st) made the most notable jumps up the list. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, meanwhile, leaped 10 positions to take the 38th position in the batting charts, after he made 69 runs from two innings.
 
Bangladesh, who beat New Zealand 3-2 in the recently concluded T20I series, saw many of their players also rise in the rankings. Mustafizur Rahman, who finished with eight wickets, moved two places to eighth. Nasum Ahmed jumped directly 25 places to 15th, while Mehedi Hasan occupied the 20th spot. However, Shakib Al Hasan lost his top spot in the allrounder rankings to Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.
 
For New Zealand, Tom Latham and Finn Allen both shot way up in the batting list, after they made scores of 50* and 41 respectively in the last T20I. Latham advanced 22 places to 44th, while Allen moved 23 places to 66th.
 
In the ODI Player Rankings, USA’s Jaskaran Malhotra, who hit six sixes in an over against Papua New Guinea, moved up 169 places to reach No. 132 in the batting charts.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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