Virat Kohli retains top spot, Jasprit Bumrah rises to No 2 in ICC T20I rankings
Virat Kohli retained his top spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings while Jasprit Bumrah toppled Imran Tahir to reach the second spot in the bowlers’ list.cricket Updated: Sep 17, 2017 17:02 IST
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli retained his top spot while Jasprit Bumrah moved to the second position in the latest ICC Rankings for T20Is, released on Sunday.
Following the conclusion of the Independence Cup consisting three T20Is played between Pakistan and the ICC World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the ICC has released a fresh set of rankings in which Bumrah has moved up one spot ahead of Imran Tahir. The ICC had granted international status to the three-match T20I series.
Going into the tournament that marked the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the South African ace spinner Tahir was ranked No 2 with 744 rating points. Bumrah was at the third spot with 737 rating points.
However, Tahir took just two wickets in the three-match series, returning with the figures of 1 for 34, 1 for 29 and none for 26 respectively.
Tahir has slipped to the third spot with 719 points and Bumrah, whose rating points remain the same, has ascended to the second spot in ICC Rankings for T20I bowlers.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, is fixated firmly at the top spot with as many as 826 rating points. Following him is the explosive Australian batsman Aaron Finch (787 points) and West Indies’ Evin Lewis with 780 points.
The biggest gainer in the latest release is the Pakistani middle-order batsman Babar Azam, who went up as many as 21 spots to reach the No 6 spot after he played a vital role in Pakistan’s series win by 2-1 against the ICC World XI.
Among the teams, West Indies have now moved one spot ahead of England to get to the third spot, behind the second-placed Pakistan and the top-ranked New Zealand cricket team.
England, who lost their one-off T20I to West Indies on Saturday, have slipped from the second position to the fourth with 119 points.