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Monday, 17 May 2021 10:55 GMT

India's Kohli moves back into top-five of ICC T20I rankings


(MENAFN - Gulf Times) India captain Virat Kohli has moved back into the top five of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) T20I rankings for batsmen. Kohli recorded unbeaten knocks of 73 and 77 in the second and third T20Is against England.
Kohli, who has had lengthy spells as the top ranked batsman in T20Is in the past, rose to fifth on the back of his performances in the second and third T20Is.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer jumped 32 places to 31st while Rishabh Pant gained 30 places to reach 80th in the rankings. All-rounder Washington Sundar (up two places to 11th) and seam bowlers Shardul Thakur (up 14 places to 27th) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up seven places to 45th) have moved up the list for bowlers.
England's Dawid Malan retains the No.1 rank among batsmen in T20Is while Jos Buttler's match-winning 83 not out in the third match has helped him advance five places to 19th position, just two shy of his career-best 17th position attained in October 2018.
Jonny Bairstow, who chipped in with 40 runs and was associated in an unbroken 77-run stand with Buttler in the eight-wicket win on Tuesday, has moved up two slots to 14th position in the list led by his compatriot Dawid Malan. Jason Roy has advanced four slots to 24th with scores of 49 and 46 in the first two matches.
In the ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings, wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope's player of the series effort against Sri Lanka, in which he had scores of 110, 84 and 64, have helped him gain five slots and reach joint-seventh position, three off his career best fourth position attained in May 2019.
Nicholas Pooran (up one place to 32nd), Evin Lewis (up 10 places to 44th) and Darren Bravo (up eight places to 99th) are the other West Indies players to move up in the batting list after their team won the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League series 3-0. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph's four wickets see him advance seven places to a career-best 27th position.
For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka has gained 20 slots to reach 51st position after scoring 187 runs in the series while PWH de Silva (up from 94th to 66th) and Lakshan Sandakan (up from 124th to 99th) are among those to move up the bowlers' list.

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