KL Rahul, the highest-ranked India batsman, in the International Cricket Council T20 International rankings, along with skipper Virat Kohli and veteran Shikar Dhawan has made significant gains as the first rankings of the decade were released for the shortest format of the game.
Among others Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur are major gainers while Jaspreet Bumrah has also advanced after returning from an injury-forced layoff.
Opener KL Rahul has retained sixth position while captain skipper Kohli and left-hander opener Dhawan have advanced one place each in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after featuring in the three-match series against Sri Lanka. India had trounced the Islanders 2-0 after the first match in Guwahati was called off due to wet ground conditions.
Rahul, the highest-ranked India batsman, with the addition of 26 points now aggregates 760. He is just six behind Australia’s Glenn Maxwell after scores of 45 and 54 in his two innings against Sri Lanka. Kohli, top-ranked in Tests and ODIs, is in the ninth position while Dhawan is 15th. Manish Pandey has advanced four places and is ranked 70th.
Babar Azam continues to be the No. 1 T20 International batsman.
India’s fast bowlers have made notable gains in the first T20I update of the year and would be encouraged as they prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. However, no player from India’s lethal attacking line-up figures among the top ten bowlers.
Player of the series Navdeep Saini has rocketed 146 places to 98th while Shardul Thakur is in the 92nd position after both finished with five wickets in the series. Jaspreet Bumrah has gained eight places to reach 39th position.
For Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 72 places to reach 115th among batsmen after aggregating 74 runs while spinner Lakshan Sandakan has moved up 10 places to reach 29th position after grabbing three wickets in the series.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Team Rankings, India have gained two points but remain in fifth position with 260 points, while Sri Lanka have lost two points and now have 236, the same as Afghanistan.
Men’s Rankings (as of January 11):
Batsmen (top 10): 1. Babar Azam (Pak 879); 2. Aaron Finch (Aus 810); 3. Dawid Malan (Eng 782); 4. Colin Munro (NZ 780); 5. Glenn Maxwell (Aus 766); 6. Lokesh Rahul (Ind 760); 7. Evin Lewis (WI 699); 8. H Zazai (Afg 692); 9. Virat Kohli (Ind 683); 10. Eoin Morgan (Eng 653).
Other Selected Rankings: 15. Shikhar Dhawan (Ind 612); 70. Manish Pandey (Ind 399); 115. D de Silva (SL 296).
Bowlers (top 10): 1. Rashid Khan (Afg 749); 2. M Ur Rahman (Afg 742); 3. M Santner (NZ 698); 4. Imad Wasim (Pak 681); 5. Adam Zampa (Aus 674); 6. A Phehlukwayo (SA 665); 7. Adil Rashid (Eng 660); 8. Shadab Khan (Pak 657); 9. Ashton Agar (Aus 649);10. Chris Jordan (Eng 640).
Other selected rankings: 29. L Sandakan (SL 552); 39. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind 524); 92. Shardul Thakur (Ind 373); 98. Navdeep Saini (Ind 361).
All-rounders (top five): 1. M Nabi (Afg 319); 2. Glenn Maxwell (Aus 231); 3. Sean Williams (Zim 212); 4. R Berrington (Sco 194); 5. R Mustafa (UAE 156).