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Kohli maintains top spot, Chahal makes impressive gain in T20I rankings

Kohli maintains top spot, Chahal makes impressive gain in T20I rankings

Dubai [UAE]: Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who recently guided his side to a 2-1 series win against England in Bangalore, has made impressive gain in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I Player Rankings.

Chahal finished with the figures of six for 25 to inspire India to a 75-run win over Eoin Morgan’s side in the third and final T20 on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has rocketed 92 places to claim 86th position. He was also adjudged player of the Bengaluru T20I as well as player of the series.

Meanwhile, England’s Joe Root has also been rewarded for his impressive performances during the series.

Root, who finished as the leading run-scorer in the series with 126 runs, jump of two places that has put him in fifth position.

Root currently sits third in the Test and sixth in the ODI player rankings and will be eying a rise by at least one place in the forthcoming ODI series against the West Indies, so that he can join Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson of New Zealand as the only batsmen to feature in the top five of each format.

Kohli is ranked second in Tests, third in ODIs and number-one in T20Is, while Williamson is ranked fourth in Tests, fifth in ODIs and fourth in T20Is.

Kohli leads number-two ranked Aaron Finch of Australia by 28 points, while Glenn Maxwell of Australia is third.

India’s Jasprit Bumrah, who along with England’s Chris Jordan was the second most successful bowler in the series with five wickets, has narrowed the gap with South Africa’s number-one ranked Imran Tahir, who claimed six wickets in the series against Sri Lanka. The two are now separated by just four points.

Samuel Badree of the West Indies sits third in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction include England’s Jordan in 17th (up by nine places), Ashish Nehra of India in 24th (up by two places), Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara in 26th (up by 11 places) and Moeen Ali of England in 46th (up by 49 places).

Meanwhile, in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, England has slipped behind Australia in sixth position, while India has retained its second position, trimming number-one ranked New Zealand’s lead to just five points.(ANI)