Kuldeep Yadav Named In Top Five T20 Bowlers For The First Time In Latest ICC Rankings

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India's Kuldeep Yadav achieved his career-best in the latest rankings released by ICC.

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Updated On:

India's Kuldeep Yadav, who was one of the most impressive bowlers during the recently concluded T20 series against Australia, has achieved his career-best in the latest rankings released by ICC.

The chinaman bowler for this first time in his career has featured in the top five bowlers in the ICC T20I rankings. Kuldeep Yadav picked up four wickets in three matches played and impressed particularly in the last T20I, in which he finished with figures of 4-0-19-1.

It was a huge leap for Yadav who leapfrogged from 20 places to claim the third spot. Another player who made it to the top five for the first time is Adam Zampa, who prolific to say the least for Australia, by providing the hosts with some crucial breakthroughs during the three-match series.

The Australian spinner who picked three wickets against India across two innings, including a match-winning spell of 2/22 in the first match, went up the ladder by 17 places to claim the fifth spot.

Australia quicks Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye slipped five places to No.14 and eight places to No.18 respectively. The top 10 bowlers' list now features nine spinners, with Pakistan's Faheem Ashraf the lone quick among the top names.

While Kuldeep made a significant movement in his rankings, his compatriot Yuzvendra Chahal, who was dropped in the place for Krunal Pandya, saw his ranking drop to seven places.

Krunal Pandya, who claimed a stunning 4/36 in India's series levelling-win in the third game, rose 66 places to No.98, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah held their places at No.19 and No.21 respectively.

In the batting department, the results were mixed. India opener Shikhar Dhawan moved up five places to No.11 after his knocks of 76 and 41, but Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slipped two spots to No.6 and No.9 respectively, while Virat Kohli kept his spot at No.14 after scores of 4 and 61*  the latter a match-winning effort.

For Australia, skipper Aaron Finch, who failed to be his destructive self in all four games including the one-off T20I against South Africa, slipped one spot to the third rank, but Glenn Maxwell rose to the fifth place from No.6 after scores of 38, 46, 19 and 13.

With the T20 series between India and Australia ending on level terms, the focus now shifts to the much-anticipated four-match Test series between the two sides, which gets underway on December 6.

(PTI inputs)




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