Dubai: Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav once again climbed to a career-best second spot in the list of batsmen in the T20 International men’s rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday. Suryakumar has 801 ratings points to his name after scoring a match-winning 69 off 36 balls in the last match of the three-match T20I series against Australia. He finished second, beating Pakistan captain Babar Azam by two rating points.
Suryakumar’s scintillating innings played in Hyderabad helped India win the three-match series 2-1. However, he has reached second place in the past as well. He achieved this position after an impressive performance in the series against West Indies in August.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has retained his position while former captain Virat Kohli has improved a place in the rankings. Rohit reached 13th while Kohli reached 15th place. Rohit scored 11, 46 and 17 runs respectively in the three innings of the Australia series. Kohli played innings of two, 11 and 63 runs in these matches.
Indian vice-captain Lokesh Rahul, who has scored 55, 10 and one run in this series, has lost four places in the rankings and has slipped to 22nd position. Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has cemented his position at the top with 861 rating points in the ongoing series against England.
Among the bowlers, Indian spinners Axar Patel (18th) and Yuzvendra Chahal (26th) and pacer Harshal Patel (37th) managed to improve their rankings. The bowlers’ rankings are led by Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood. Bhavneshwar Kumar, however, suffered a loss and slipped to the 10th position. Among other batsmen, Matthew Wade (67th), Cameron Green (67th) and Tim David (109th) are the Australians to improve the batting rankings.
Green and David scored half-centuries in the final match of the series against India. England batsman Harry Brook improved the rankings by eight places with his 31 not out, 81 not out and 34 against Pakistan. He is in 29th place. His teammate Ben Duckett has improved the rankings to 32nd place after scoring 43 not out, 70 not out and 33 in these three matches. (agency)