While recently on his stunning run against Sri Lanka, Indian batter Shreyas Iyer has moved up a whopping 27 spots in the latest ICC T20I rankings, even as Virat Kohli dropped out of the top 10. India’s recent home series win against Sri Lanka has had a major impact on the player rankings, helping offensive batter Iyer take a huge leap to reach 18th in the batter’s list. Iyer scored three unbeaten half centuries in India’s 3-0 win against Sri Lanka in February, with the 27-year-old amassed an impressive 204 runs with a strike rate of 174.
Iyer’s teammate pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar jumped three spots to 17th on the bowler rankings.
Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka scored an impressive 75 in the second game of the series, and he was rewarded with a six-place jump to ninth in the standings, while former India captain Kohli – who rested for the series – five places dropped to 15th .
The other big mover with the bat in T20I cricket this week is Mohammad Waseem from the UAE. His undefeated century against Ireland in the final of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A helped him reach 12th position with the bat. That is the highest T20I ranking of all batters from the UAE, surpassing Shaiman Anwar’s 13th place in 2017.
Sri Lankan Lahiru Kumara’s five wickets in the series with India have put him in the top 40 bowlers for the first time.
Other bowlers who had a successful time at the T20 World Cup Qualifier A include UAE’s Zahoor Khan (up 17 places to tie for 42nd) and Ireland’s Josh Little (up 27 places to join to a 49th place).
Rohan Mustafa’s bat and ball successes have enabled him to climb to sixth place among the all-rounders, just one place below his best of fifth achieved in February 2020.
The biggest climber in the Test rankings was South African speedy Kagiso Rabada, who shot three places to third after his impressive performance against host New Zealand.
Rabada managed 10 wickets in the two-match series, with his magnificent distance of 5/60 in the first innings of the second Test helping the Proteas to an important 198-run triumph.
Kiwi duo Kyle Jamieson (dropped two places to fifth) and Tim Southee (dropped one place to sixth) lost ground in the bowler rankings, with Australian captain Pat Cummins and Indian veteran Ravichandran Ashwin still leading the way.
Marnus Labuschagne remained the top-ranked batter of the Test, with New Zealander Devon Conway jumping six places to 17th after his 92 in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa.
In the ODI men’s rankings, veteran spinner Rashid Khan reclaimed his top 10 spot for bowlers after taking five wickets from the recent three-game series against Bangladesh.
Rashid jumped six places to ninth, while teammate Mehidy Hasan Miraz dropped two places to seventh after the series.
Sri Lanka’s Liton Das was the leading goalscorer in the ODI series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and he is on his way to a career-best 32nd with the bat.
Trent Boult remained the top-ranked ODI bowler, while Pakistani righthander Babar Azam took the lead for batters.
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