KL Rahul along with the Ebix Man of the Series award for the heroics in India’s 5-0 whitewash of hosts Kiwis has also reached his career best second rankings in the T20 International cricket.
Rahul leads a pack of India players who have shot up the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after the Men in Blue stormed to a 5-0 series win in New Zealand. Rahul’s series topping aggregate of 224 runs has lifted him four places to a career best-equalling second place while Rohit Sharma (up three places to 10th), Shreyas Iyer (up 63 places to 55th) and Manish Pandey (up 12 places to 58th) are others advancing in the latest rankings update that also includes the Pakistan-Bangladesh series.
There are now three Indians in the top 10 batsmen, as captain Virat Kohli has retained his ninth position with 105 runs from four matches in the just concluded T20 International series in New Zealand, ICC has stated in a Press release.
The story is similar for the India bowling attack as Jasprit Bumrah has gained 26 places to reach 11th position, Yuzvendra Chahal has advanced 10 places to 30th and Shardul Thakur’s eight wickets in the series have lifted him 34 places to 57th position. Navdeep Saini (up 25 places to 71st) and Ravindra Jadeja (up 34 places to 76th) have also moved up.
MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 3 February 2020):
Batsmen (top 10): 1. Babar Azam (Pak 879); 2. Lokesh Rahul (Ind 823); 3. Aaron Finch (Aus 810); 4. Colin Munro (NZ 785); 5. Dawid Malan (Eng 782); 6. Glenn Maxwell (Aus 786); 7. Evin Lewis (WI 702); 8. H Zazai (Afg 692); 9. Virat Kohli (Ind 673); 10. Rohit Sharma (Ind 662);
Bowlers (top 10): 1. Rashid Khan (Afg 479); 2. M Ur Rahman (Afg 742); 3. M Santner (NZ 677); 4. Adam Zampa Aus 674; 5. Imad Wasim (Pak 672); 6. A Phehlukwayo (SA 665 ); 7. Adil Rashid (Eng 660); 8. Shadab Khan (Pak 653); 9. Ashton Agar (Aus 649); 10. Chris Jordan (Eng 640).
Other select Rankings: 11. J Bumrah (Ind 630); 71. Navdeep Saini (Ind 430); 76. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind 419).
All-rounders (top five) : 1. M Nabi (Afg 319); 2. Glenn Maxwell (Aus 231); 3. Sean Williams (Zim 212); 4. R Berrington (Sco 194); and 5. Rohan Mustafa (UAE 156).