Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni make gains: The two biggest names in Indian cricket made individual gains in the latest T20I rankings.
India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul, captain Virat Kohli and wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni made individual gains in the latest update of the MRF ICC T20I Rankings. Despite India being whitewashed in the series, their top-three run-scorers in the series have made individual gains.
Rahul, who celebrated his comeback by scoring 97 runs at an average of 48.50 and a strike rate of 156.45, is the only Indian batsman in the list of Top 10 T20I batsmen. The right-hand batsman has now jumped from No. 10 to No. 6.
While Virat Kohli (96 runs at an average of 96 and a strike rate of 174.54) jumped two spots to reach No. 17, MS Dhoni (69 runs at an average of 69 and a strike rate of 115) jumped four spots to reach No. 56.
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Australia have won it!
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Glenn Maxwell reaches No. 2
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who scored his third T20I century last night, ended the series as its highest run-scorer. Having scored 169 runs at an average of 169 and a strike rate of 172.44 had propelled the 30-year old cricketer to jump a couple of spots to reach No. 2.
Afghanistan batsman Hazratullah Zazai being the highest run-scorer in the series against Ireland saw him gaining a monumental 31-spot jump to reach a career-best No. 7. In three T20Is, he had scored 204 runs at an average of 102 and a strike rate of 240 including a 162* in the second match.
278/3 – Highest T20I total
236 – Highest T20I partnership
16 – Most sixes in an individual T20I innings
162* – Second-highest T20I score
42 balls – Third-fastest men’s T20I ton
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Kevin O’Brien’s last over to Hazratullah Zazai:
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Among the bowlers, India duo of fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya jumped 12 and 15 places to reach No. 15 and No. 43 (career-best) respectively. Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile jumped four spots to reach No. 45.
Afghanistan’s trio of Mohammad Nabi (from No. 41 to No. 30), Usman Ghani (from No. 104 to No. 79) and Mujeb-Ur-Rehman (from No. 42 to No. 40) also improved their individual rankings.
Among the teams, Pakistan continue to don the top spot. On the other hand, India are at No. 2 despite losing the series 0-2.