YADAV REACHES NEW HIGH IN T20I RANKINGS

  • Seifert, Hendricks, Phehlukwayo, Morris and Shaheen also attain career-best positions
  • Nepal players in the spotlight as the team overtakes the UAE in the rankings table

India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing two for 26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series.

The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.

Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.

Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.

For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.

Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.

The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 11 February 2019):

   Rank    Team            Points

  1. Pakistan          135 (-3)
  2. India                124 (-2)
  3. South Africa    118 (+4)
  4. England           118
  5. Australia          117
  6. New Zealand   116 (+4)
  7. Windies            101
  8. Afghanistan      92
  9. Sri Lanka          86
  10. Bangladesh      77
  11. Scotland           62
  12. Zimbabwe         55
  13. Netherlands      50
  14. Nepal                43 (+17)
  15. UAE                  43 (-7)
  16. Hong Kong       42
  17. Oman               39
  18. Ireland              34

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 11 February 2019):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Babar Azam      Pak      885      53.72    128       888 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

   2        ( – )       Colin Munro      NZ        825      33.59    162       830 v Pak at Dubai 2018

   3        ( – )       Aaron Finch      Aus      806      38.67    156       900 v Zim at Harare 2018

   4        ( – )       Evin Lewis        Win      751      33.52    164       780 v Eng at Durham 2017

   5        (+1)      Glenn Maxwell  Aus      745      31.27    157       801 v NZ at Auckland 2018

   6        (-1)       Fakhar Zaman  Pak      700      26.46    139       842 v Aus at Harare 2018

   7        (+3)      Rohit Sharma    Ind       698      32.76    138       718 v Win at Lucknow 2018

   8        ( – )       Alex Hales        Eng      697      32.10    136       866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   9        (+2)      Jason Roy        Eng      688!     23.21    145       688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018

  10       (-3)       Lokesh Rahul    Ind       677      43.44    148       854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018

  11       (+1)      S. Dhawan        Ind       671      28.80    132       685 v NZ at Auckland 2019

  12       (+1)      K. Williamson    NZ        655      31.35    122       760 v Ban at Napier 2017

  13       (-4)       Martin Guptill     NZ        649      33.91    133       792 v SA at Hamilton 2012

  14       ( – )       M. Shahzad      Afg       647      31.22    135       705 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  15       (+2)      S. Anwar           UAE     643      31.82    122       650 v NEP at Dubai (GCA) 2019

  16       ( – )       D’Arcy Short     Aus      631*    32.18    121       756 v UAE at Abu Dhabi 2018

  17       (+3)      Faf du Plessis   SA        617      36.27    137       843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

  18       ( – )       Jos Buttler        Eng      610      26.80    138       614 v Ind at Bristol 2018

  19=     ( – )       H. Masakadza   Zim       599      27.07    117       698 v Ban at Khulna 2016

            (-4)       Virat Kohli         Ind       599      49.25    136       897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Rashid Khan     Afg       793      12.40    6.01     816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   2        (+1)      Kuldeep Yadav  Ind       728!     12.97    6.72     728 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

   3        (-1)       Shadab Khan    Pak      720      18.59    6.84     769 v Sco at Edinburgh 2018

   4        (+5)      Imad Wasim      Pak      705      19.42    5.81     780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

   5        (-1)       Adil Rashid       Eng      676!     26.38    7.50     676 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   6        ( – )       Adam Zampa    Aus      670 !    18.27    6.00     670 v Ind at Sydney 2018

   7        ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      658      20.15    6.77     672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   8        (-4)       Ish Sodhi          NZ        657      20.88    7.70     739 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   9        (-1)       Faheem Ashraf Pak      655      20.12    7.08     659 v SA at Cape Town 2019

  10       (+4)      M. Santner        NZ        638      21.14    7.27     731 v Pak at Wellington 2018

  11       ( – )       M. Nabi              Afg       630      24.25    7.13     638 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

  12       (+3)      M. Naveed        UAE     628      16.58    5.89     632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

  13       ( – )       Billy Stanlake    Aus      625*    20.08    8.09     653 v Pak at Dubai 2018

  14       (+2)      Liam Plunkett    Eng      620      25.00    7.93     643 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  15       (+2)      Andrew Tye      Aus      615      22.02    8.87     658 v Pak at Harare 2018

  16       (+2)      Chris Jordan     Eng      611      28.00    8.77     628 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

  17       (-6)       Y. Chahal          Ind       609      19.93    7.90     706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018

  18       ( – )       B. Kumar          Ind       608      25.83    6.97     622 v SA at Cape Town 2018

  19       (-9)       Imran Tahir       SA        602      14.95    6.77     795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

  20       (+1)      David Willey      Eng      595      24.67    8.44     615 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Glenn Maxwell  Aus      362      395 v Eng at Melbourne 2018

   2        ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      338      407 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   3        ( – )       M. Nabi              Afg       313      323 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   4        ( – )       Mahmudullah    Ban      240!     240 v Win at Mirpur 2018

   5        ( – )       Thisara Perera  SL        219!     219 v NZ at Auckland 2019

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