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Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP

Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Advances To 6th Place In T20I Rankings

Virat Kohli, the present Indian skipper retained his fifth position while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul gained one spot to be in sixth place in the latest ICC T20I rankings.

With 762 points, Virat Kohli is behind England’s David Malan (888 points), Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch (830), Pakistan captain Babar Azam (828), and New Zealand opener Devon Conway (774). Virat Kohli was the only Indian featuring in both ODI and T20I rankings for batsmen despite India not playing much white-ball cricket since March this year but it had little impact on the rankings of their stars.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Is 6th In T20I Rankings While England’s Chris Woakes Attains Career-Best 3rd Position Among ODI Bowlers

KL Rahul, who has acquired 743 points, and Australian all-rounder dashing middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell have climbed a rung each to be placed sixth and seventh respectively in T20I batsmen rankings. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are the only two Indians to feature in the top-10 among batsmen. No Indian features in the top-10 among bowlers and all-rounders in the latest T20I rankings announced by ICC.

In the ODI rankings, Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained in the top five, occupying the second and third spots respectively, behind Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. Indian pace spearhead Japrit Bumrah, the lone bowler from the country in the top 10, dropped a spot to the sixth place, while Ravindra Jadeja remained in the ninth position in the all-rounders’ list.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes reached a career-best third position among bowlers after a fine show against Sri Lanka in the three-match ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series. Chris Woakes, who grabbed six wickets in two matches, including a haul of four for 18 in the first ODI, has advanced four slots in the list led by New Zealand’s Trent Boult with Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz in second place.

Chris Woakes’ previous best was the fourth position he attained in September last year. He is also up one place to third among all-rounders after overtaking his team-mate, Ben Stokes who will lead the 18 men revised squad against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak in the team.

David Willey, Tom Curran, Joe Root, And Eoin Morgan Of England Advance In ODI Rankings After Defeating Sri Lanka 2-0

Other England fast bowlers David Willey and Tom Curran, too, have gained positions in the latest men’s weekly rankings update. David Willey has moved up 13 places to 37th position after a ‘Player of the Series’ performance picking up nine wickets that included a haul of four for 64 in the second match, while Tom Curran’s four wickets in two matches saw him advance 20 places to 68th position.

England’s 2-0 series win, which helped them to the top of the CWC Super League Standings also saw Test captain Joe Root moving up two places to 13th position with a series-topping aggregate of 147 runs and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan inching up from 26th to 25th.

For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera is up to one place to 41st after scoring 82 runs in the series, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 slots to reach 74th position. In the men’s T20I rankings, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has advanced nine places to 13th after aggregating 255 runs in their five-match series against the West Indies.

Joe Root's unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.
Joe Root’s unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.

Aiden Markram is up 23 places to 19th position while George Linde (up 30 places to 43rd) and Lungi Ngidi (up 25 places to 56th) are among the bowlers to gain after their 3-2 win. For the West Indies, Evin Lewis is up to one place to ninth position after finishing with 178 runs. Nicholas Pooran has gained 20 places to reach 87th position while Shimron Hetmyer is up 15 places to 99th.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has moved from 95th to 44th among bowlers after finishing with 10 wickets in the series while Obed McKoy has moved up 65 places to 53rd with nine wickets.

Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC
Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC

Kane Williamson Reclaims Top Spot In The ICC Test Batting Rankings

Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper on Wednesday reclaimed the number one spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings. The 30-year-old Kane Willamson’s crucial knocks of 49 and 52 not out in the low-scoring World Test Championship final against India has helped him move above the 900-point mark.

Kane Williamson now enjoys a 10-point lead over Australian batsman Steve Smith (891 rating points). Kane Williamson, who conceded the top spot to Steve Smith two weeks ago, is back in the position he had first grabbed in November 2015 during a series against Australia.

Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Kane Williamson led New Zealand’s Win In The WTC Final Saw Ross Taylor, Kyle Jamieson And Trent Boult Move Up Test Rankings

With 901 rating points, Kane Williamson has a 10-point lead over Steve Smith. Ross Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 47 and partnered in an unbroken 96-run stand with Kane Williamson besides hitting the winning runs, has advanced three places to 14th position while left-hander opener Devon Conway has gained 18 slots to reach 42nd place after top-scoring with 52 in the first innings.

India skipper Virat Kohli remains static at the fourth spot with 812 points. Opener Rohit Sharma also held on to his sixth spot, while Rishabh Pant has dropped one place to seventh. New Zealand’s fast bowlers too have gained after thriving in the seaming conditions, as the player of the match Kyle Jamieson continued the stupendous start to his Test career.

His figures of five for 31 and two for 30 have pushed him up to a career-best 13th position, not surprising since no bowler has taken more Test wickets at a better average than him since 1900.

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP.

Left-arm Trent Boult’s figures of two for 48 and three for 39 have lifted him two places to 11th position while for India, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s progress of three places to 13th position after scores of 49 and 15, was the only notable gain. Pat Cummins has held on to his first spot.

Ravichandran Ashwin is in second place, while New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are in the third and fifth spots respectively. Ravindra Jadeja who had become the number one all-rounder in Tests last week has also lost his spot to West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder. Ravindra Jadeja has now dropped to the third spot, while England’s Ben Stokes is now at the second place.

T20I Player Rankings See Evin Lewis Moving To 10th Position After His 71 Off 35 Ball Effort Against South Africa In The 1st T20I

In the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings, West Indies’ left-handed opener Evin Lewis has moved from 13th to 10th position after a player of the match effort of 71 off 35 balls in the first T20I of their ongoing five-match series against South Africa that counted for this week’s rankings.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen has progressed 23 places to 20th position. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (up to one place to 22nd), Reeza Hendricks (up to three places to 24th), and Temba Bavuma (up 24 places to 64th) are among the others to move up.

West Indies' Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours © AFP
West Indies’ Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours © AFP

England’s 3-0 series clean T20I sweep over Sri Lanka, which came as a morale booster for the 50-over 2019 World Champions ahead of this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, saw several of their players move up too.

Pacers Chris Jordan (up to five places to 11th), Mark Wood (up 11 places to 14th), Sam Curran (up 62 places to 39th), and David Willey (up 23 places to 51st) have progressed in the bowlers’ list while for Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga has moved up five places to fifth and Dushmantha Chameera 41 places to 43rd position in the latest T20I rankings.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Reclaims 5th Spot In The Latest ICC T20I Rankings

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper has reclaimed his 5th spot in the latest ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen following consecutive unbeaten half-centuries in the last two games against England.

After having registered a duck in the opening T20I encounter, Virat Kohli roared back in form with two high-quality 70+ scores in the last two matches and, as a result, he has swapped places with South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen in the T20I rankings.

India v England - Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India - March 16, 2021 India's Virat Kohli after the end of the innings REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(REUTERS)
 India’s Virat Kohli after the end of the innings REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(REUTERS)

Virat Kohli Scores Unbeaten 73 And 77 In Consecutive Matches To Reclaim 5th Spot In T20I Rankings

Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 49-ball 73 in the second T20I to help India overhaul the target of 165 before he backed it up with yet another sumptuous knock of 46-ball 77* that helped India recover from a precarious state of 3/24 to a respectable 6/156 in the third match.

His knock of 77* in the last game was typical Virat Kohli innings in which he initially took his time to settle, assessed the situation before going full throttle at the death overs. The two strokes that Virat Kohli played off Mark Wood- a flat-batted pull over mid-wicket and then a lofted-drive over long-off- were easily the highlight of his innings, which was glittered with eight fours and four sixes.

The Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is ranked No.5 and No.1 in Test and ODIs respectively, is the only batsmen in the world to be ranked in the top-5 across all three formats of the game. He is also the only cricketer to average more than 50 in all three formats.

As far as other players are concerned, England’s Dawid Malan continues to hold on to the numero-uno spot in the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen despite a poor series thus far.

Dawid Malan is the No.1-ranked batsman in the ICC T20I rankings.© AFP
Dawid Malan is the No.1-ranked batsman in the ICC T20I rankings.© AFP

Dawid Malan has scored only 66 runs averaging 33 in the ongoing series but he averages 51.17 in 22 T20Is amassing 921 runs with 1 hundred and 9 fifties.

Devon Conway Enters Top 10 Batsmen Ranking

Aaron Finch and Babar Azam are No.2 and 3 respectively followed by opener KL Rahul, who has swapped his place with Babar Azam after a forgettable first three matches. KL Rahul has managed scores of 1,0,0 in the last 3 games.

KL Rahul remains the top-ranked Indian batsmen at the fourth spot while Shreyas Iyer is up 32 places to the 31st spot while Rishabh Pant gained 30 spots to be ranked 80th. Among bowlers, all-rounder Washington Sundar is up to two places to 11th while seamers Shardul Thakur (up 14 places to 27th) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up to seven places to 45th) have also gained.

Jos Buttler has re-entered the top 20 after scoring a match-winning 83 not out in the third T20I which has helped him advance five places to the 19th position. Jonny Bairstow, who chipped in with 40 runs has moved up two slots to 14th position in the list led by his compatriot Dawid Malan. Opener Jason Roy has advanced four slots to 24th with scores of 49 and 46 in the first two matches.

Fast bowlers Jofra Archer (up 43 places to 34th) and Mark Wood (up 59 places to 39th), as well as left-arm seam bowler Sam Curran (up 41 places to 74th), has gained in the weekly update for men.

Devon Conway entered the IPL 2021 auction at a base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Devon Conway entered the IPL 2021 auction at a base price of Rs 50 lakh. | Photo Credit: AP

Glenn Maxwell, Martin Guptill, and Hazratulah Zazai have retained their 7th, 8th, and 9th spot in the rankings while Devon Conway has broken into the top-ten list after a productive series against Australia on home soil.

South Africa’s Devon Conway, 29, made his way into the New Zealand cricket set up last year. A predominant top-order batsman for Wellington who opens the batting in T20s, Devon Conway has already become a star for his domestic side and for the Black Caps. Just a few months into his international career, he has sealed his position in the New Zealand top order.

Devon Conway remained unbeaten on 99 off just 59 deliveries with 10 fours and 3 sixes in the 1st T20I while taking New Zealand to a total of 184 after the rest of the top order failed in the 1st T20I. New Zealand went on to beat Australia, in the 1st home T20I. Devon Conway went unsold in the IPL 2021 Auction even though he had set the base price at Rs. 50 lakh. He has amassed 366 runs in 11 matches averaging 52.29 with 3 fifties.

Jos Buttler. Image Credit: Getty Images.

England Dethrones Australia From Top Position In The Latest ICC T20I Rankings

After winning the T20I series against South Africa by 3-0, England has taken the number one position in the ICC T20I team rankings. They have pushed down the Australian team to the second position, who had taken over Pakistan earlier this year.

England were dominant against South Africa in the whole three-match series at their home. David Malan was the star performer in the third ODI for England to seal deal the for them.

The No.1 T20I batsman scored unbeaten 99 runs and stitched up a 167-runs partnership with Jos Buttler, who scored 67 runs off 46 balls, to chase down 192 runs. He also scored a half-century in the second ODI to contribute to the visitor’s win in the low-scoring match.

England clean sweeps South Africa:

Dawid Malan,
Dawid Malan Is in some kind of form. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Well, South Africa gave a tough fight to the World Cup 2019 winners in the series, but they lacked in the full team effort. In the dead rubber, Rassie van der Dussen played sublime innings of 74 from 32 balls. On the other hand, Faf du Plessis did his job after placing a fine half-century (52 of 37) for the team. The duo registered a record stand of the fourth wicket after gathering 127 runs in total. However, Malan and Buttler’s master class made sure that efforts from South Africa were in vain.

England captain Eoin Morgan heaped praise on the team for winning the series.

“Extremely pleasing…..Given the way the wicket got better, Dawid and Jos managed to win the game in such a commanding fashion, that instills a lot of confidence in the changing room,” Eoin Morgan said.

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After England white-washed South Africa, Michael Vaughan stated that the team that would defeat England in the T20I series would lift the T20 World Cup 2020.

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Australia Regain No. 1 Spot In ICC T20I Rankings After Beating England By Five Wickets In Southampton

After beating England by five wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Australia has reclaimed their number one spot in the T20I rankings on Tuesday night.

Despite losing the series 2-1, Australia did some hard yards to win the dead-rubber before shifting their focus on ODI series which is scheduled to commence from September 11. The first of the three-match series will kick-off at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Owing to their run chase of 146 in their consolidated victory, despite losing three quick wickets the visitors recover well courtesy Mitchell Marsh’s 36-ball 39, to chase down the target in 19.3 overs.

Besides, between the score of 70 and 87, Australia lost Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, who scored 26-ball 39 with the help of four boundaries and a solitary six. However, Marsh played a sensible knock to see his side over the line.

England vs Australia: Moeen Ali made captaincy debut

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Moeen Ali has claimed a rare record. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to field first. Interestingly, as Eoin Morgan rested himself ahead of the ODI campaign, Moeen Ali was handed over the captaincy — to see hosts posting 145 for six in 20 allotted overs. Ali also became the first player from Asian origin to captain England in any of the formats at the international level.

Australian bowlers bowled brilliantly as Finch shuffled his bowlers well. Adam Zampa managed to pick two wickets in his quota of two overs after conceding 34 runs. However, rest of the lot managed to pick a wicket each including Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

For England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was the top scorer with 55 off 44 deliveries. He had slammed three sixes and as many fours.

As visitors were chasing the target of 146, they had a flying start with 30 in three overs before lost three wickets for 14 runs. However, it didn’t dent visitors who were already trailing by 2-0 in the series.

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Jonny Bairstow top-scored for England in 3rd Southampton T20I. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The victory in the final T20 has allowed Finch-led side — to reclaim their number spot in the ICC T20 rankings after slipping to number two position owing to the back-to-back losses against England in Southampton.

Australia had now claimed 6,047 points with their rating reading as 275 in 22 T201s, whereas, England had 275 rating points in the same number of matches.

The arch-rivals are followed by India (266) Pakistan (261) with South Africa (258) maintaining the fifth spot in ICC T20I rankings.

Australia tops ICC T20I Ranking charts:

ICC T20 Rankings Teams No. of games Rating points
1 Australia 22 275
2  England 22 271
3  India 35 266
4  Pakistan 23 261
5  South Africa 17 258
6  New Zealand 23 242
7  Sri Lanka 23 230
8  Bangladesh 20 229
9  Windies 24 229
10  Afghanistan 17 228


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Harsha Bhogle. Image Credit: Getty Images.

They Played Against Some Not So Great Opposition: Harsha Bhogle On How Pakistan Maintained No.1 T20I Team Ranking

Renowned cricket commentator and boffin Harsha Bhogle recently gave a startling statement on how Pakistan national cricket team had maintained No.1 position in the ICC T20I team ranking. Earlier this year, in May, Australia dislodged Pakistan from the top in the ranking, ending their 27-month reign. 

In January 2018, Pakistan had overtaken New Zealand to reach the top position, and after reigning for over two years on the No.1 position, they lost their place in May 2020. The reason behind Pakistan’s slump was their below-par performances in the 20-over format during the last few months. 

Harsha Bhogle gives the reason why Pakistan was at the top: 

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Pakistan cricket team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Harsha Bhogle has said that Pakistan was able to be the number one T20 team for so long since they “were helped by the fact that they played against some not so great opposition”. Despite this, Bhogle applauded Pakistan for a dominant run, which saw them win 11 series in a row.

“Pakistan spent a lot of time being the world number one in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). They were helped by the fact that they played against some not so great opposition, but you can’t hold that against them. They won 11 series in a row,” Bhogle said on the ICC’s digital show Cricket Inside Out as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

He also applauded the presence of some talented players like Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan who had helped his country to be at the top. 

“They had some really good players coming through. There was Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order and their core was in that middle-order, where they got eight overs some days between Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim and both of them could bat too. Plus, Shadab is a brilliant fielder, so there was a nice little side coming together.”

Pakistan preparing for England series:

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Pakistan national cricket team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Pakistan team is currently in England, where they are preparing for the upcoming Test and T20 series. They are scheduled to play three Tests and three T20 Internationals against England, with the first Test starting on August 5 in Manchester and the T20 series beginning on August 28 at the same venue.

India Announces 18-Men Squad For The First Two Tests Against England
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Latest ICC Team Rankings: India, Pakistan Lose Top Spots In Test And T20I Team Rankings

In the latest update, India and Pakistan have lost their leading positions in the ICC Test team rankings and ICC T20I team rankings respectively as Australia have moved on top positions in both those rankings. However, England had maintained the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings.

On Friday (1st May), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has provided an annual update of the team rankings after eliminating the 2016/17 results.

After returning to the top position in the ICC Test team rankings in October 2016, the Indian team hold this leading position for the 43 consecutive months. It was the second-best record to successively hold the top position of the ICC Test team rankings since the ICC officially began ranking teams in 2003 (Australia hold it for 74 months).

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India national cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Now, Australia have returned to the top position in the ICC Test team rankings after more than 45 months. Previously, they were in this position in August 2016. While Australia have now 116 rating points, India slipped down to the third position with 114 rating points. New Zealand have retained their second spot in the ICC Test team rankings with 115 rating points.

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Australia team celebrate their win (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Reason of India lost the top spot in the ICC Test team rankings:

In their official website, the ICC has explained how the Indian team have lost their top place of the ICC Test team rankings.

The ICC statement claimed, “India have yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update.

“They had won all five series during this period including against Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to South Africa as well as to India in the same period.”

ICC T20I team rankings and ICC ODI team rankings:

On the other hand, in a very similar way, Pakistan have lost their top position of the ICC T20I team rankings to Australia. Pakistan were holding this position since January 2018 and continued for the record 825 days before losing this position. It is the first time ever when Australia have climbed up to the top position in the ICC T20I team rankings.

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Pakistan cricketers (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

While Australia are on the top position in latest T20I team rankings with 278 rating points, England and India are in the second and third positions respectively with 268 and 266 rating points respectively. Pakistan have dropped down to the fourth position in the same rankings with 260 rating points.

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India vs Australia (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the meantime, England have retained the top position in the ICC ODI team rankings (127 rating points) and India have maintained the very next spot with 119 rating points.

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Latest T20I Players’ Rankings: KL Rahul Is In Second Position In Batting Rankings

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released its latest T20I players rankings on 11th March 2020. While the Pakistan T20I captain Babar Azam is holding the top position in the T20I batting rankings, Indian cricketer KL Rahul is in the second place in this ranking. Two more Indian batsmen are in the top 20 positions in this list.

While the T20I batting rankings leader Babar Azam has the rating points of 879, Rahul has the points of 823. Indian captain Virat Kohli is in the 10th position in T20I batting rankings with 673 points. Meanwhile, the Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is in the next position in this ranking table with 662 points.

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Virat Kohli and KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)


Apart from Rahul, Kohli and Rohit, three other Indian batsmen are in the top 100 positions in the batting rankings

Three more Indian batsmen are in the top 100 positions in the T20I batting rankings. While Shikhar Dhawan is standing in the 27th position, Shreyas Iyer (56th) and Manish Pandey (61st) are standing behind the 50s.

Shikhar Dhawan, T20I batting rankings
Shikhar Dhawan (Photo Credit: BCCI)

T20I bowling rankings

Two Afghanistan spinners, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, are leading the top two positions in the ICC T20I bowling rankings. While the leg-spinner Rashid has 736 rating points, Mujeeb has the rating points of 730.

Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, T20I bowling rankings
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Spinners are holding all the top nine ranks in the T20I bowling rankings. English right-arm pacer Chris Jordan and the Caribbean left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell are in the top position among the pace bowlers in the T20I bowling rankings as both are standing in 10th spot (rating points 639).

Among the Indian bowlers, the right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah has the highest rating points (630) as he is standing in the 13th position. The 20-year-old off-spinner Washington Sundar is in the 20th spot in the T20I bowling rankings with the rating points of 567.

T20I bowling rankings
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credits: BCCI)

T20I all-rounder rankings

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi is leading the T20I all-rounder rankings (rating points 294).

Surprisingly, the Indian captain Virat Kohli is on top of the T20I all-rounder rankings among the Indians as he is standing in the 40th spot with 74 rating points.

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Shafali Verma and Sanjay Bangar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Sanjay Bangar Sings the Praises of Shafali Verma

Former Indian batting coach, Sanjay Bangar heaps praise on the sensational batter, Shafali Verma. The Indian batswoman has currently been impeccable with the bat in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The 16-years-old prodigy born has recently topped in the recently revised ICC T20I women’s rankings.

The young woman cricketer has turned all heads as Shafali turns out to be the constant run-scorer in the Women’s T20 cricket. The remarkable batter Shafali has been impeccable with the bat against both, the pace and spinner attack.

Shafali has been able to find boundaries even when batting against a tough competitor like Australia.

From India, the right-handed batswoman has been the only one — to hit six as India Women’s cricket begun the tournament. Shafali scored a stunning 15-ball 29 studded with a total of six boundaries.

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Sanjay Bangar lauds Shafali Verma for bringing new perspective in Women’s T20I:

After the remarkable spirits by India, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led team has finally entered the grand finale of the ICC Women’s T20 world cup. The anticipated summit clash will be played between India Women’s and Australia Women’s on March 8th.

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Shafali will play the key role in India’s batting order as the team goes head-on against Australia. The former batting coach of India Men’s cricket team, Bangar has lauded the young batter for her versatility. Ahead of the final game on Sunday, Bangar lauded Shafali for bringing a “fresh perspective” in the Women’s T20I.

“Shafali has been able to do that, and she scores all around the park—that is one quality which not many people have. It is brilliant that we have unearthed such a talent and it has only taken the load off, or provided a fresh perspective to how T20 needs to be played by women cricketers,” said the 47-year-old batting coach.

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In the on-going tournament, Shafali has bagged a total of 161 runs while averaging above 40 without even scoring a single half-century.

Meanwhile, Bangar who had previously represented India went on to add that the squad depth of India has been one of the major reasons behind the successful campaign for the T20 World Cup of the team.


He added, “They have been fabulous. Winning four league games out of the four they had to play and the manner in which they won… there is new and young talent emerging which is also performing for the team. Getting to this stage without a big performance from someone like Smriti Mandhana or Harmanpreet Kaur shows the depth which the team possesses. Also, going Down Under and spinners dominating for the Indian team has been a great sign—that has been our area of strength.”

Harmanpreet & Co. will charge against the defending champions, Australia on Sunday in the summit clash scheduled to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar. Credits: ICC Twitter

Ashton Agar Takes Massive Strides In ICC T20I Rankings

Australia’s southpaw spinner Ashton Agar has taken massive strides in the latest update of the ICC T20I Rankings. Agar scalped eight wickets in the three-match T20I series, which Australia won by 2-1 after winning the third match by 97 runs. The left-arm spinner scalped a hat-trick in the opening match and became the second Australian bowler to take a T20I hat-trick after former fast bowler Brett Lee.

Consequently, Agar has gained six places in the rankings table. The Western Australian was at the 10th place before the series against the Proteas and now has jumped to fourth place in the rankings. Agar now has 712 rating points and he is hot on the heels of his teammate, Adam Zampa who is at third spot with 713 rating points.

Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Agar was at his best.

Agar had scalped a five-wicket haul in the first match and bowled accurately throughout the series. On the other hand, KL Rahul was able to hold on to his second position in the ICC T20I rankings, which he achieved earlier in the month.

Rahul was awarded Player for the series in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand as he had scored 224 runs in the five matches. The flamboyant batsman has 823 rating points under his belt.

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David Warner. Credits: Twitter

Australia dominated the series.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli remained at the tenth position in the rankings. Pakistan’s stylish batsman Babar Azam is at the top of the rankings and has 879 rating points under his bag. Interestingly, no Indian bowler is ranked in the top 10 bowlers and Jasprit Bumrah is at the 12th place.

David Warner, who ended the series as the leading run-scorer with 128 runs has jumped from 25th to 18th place. Steven Smith who has shown an upward swing in his T20I game, scored 104 runs in the series. Ergo, he has made a jump of 25 places to take the 53rd position.

South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi who took three wickets in the series made a leap of three places to grab the fifth position.

Here are the latest ICC T20I Rankings:

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ICC T20 Rankings. Credits: ICC