Monday, February 1, 2016

Virat Kohli No.1 batsman in ICC's T20I rankings, replaces Aaron Finch

After a dream tour of Australia, Virat Kohli stormed to the top of the ICC rankings for batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals .

The Indian star replaced Australian T20 skipper Aaron Finch after amassing 199 runs from three matches with scores of 90*, 59* and 50 in the T20I series where India defeated the Aussies 3-0. Kohli was named man-of-the-series for his efforts.

Kohli was in top form right through India's three-week tour of Australia and smashed 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia. Consequently, he held on to his No.2 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.

Kohli now has 892 points while Finch has 868. England's Alex Hales is third with 795 points.
India's Suresh Raina moved up three places to 13th, while opener Rohit Sharma also moved up four places to 16th, after their impressive form in the series. Yuvraj Singh claimed the 20th position.

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who scored an unbeaten 124 in the third T20 against India, moved up five places to 12th.
 Australia's left-handed opener David Warner dropped six spots to 18th.

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned by the ICC due to an illegal bowling action, retained top spot in the bowling rankings with 773 points, ahead of fellow Windies slow bowler Samuel Badree (751). India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was third with 692 points. Left-armer spinner Ravindra Jadeja was 18th.

India had a miserable time in Ausrtralia, leading up to Canberra, losing four successive ODIs. However, the tables turned in Sydney last Saturday when Manish Pandey's maiden international hundred helped India claim a face-saving win. With new reinforcements, India regained momentum and whitewashed Australia in the T20 series in front of paced stands in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

By the end of the series, India moved to No. in the ICC rankings for teams in T20 Internationals. They also occupy the top spot in the Test rankings and are placed second the ICC's ODI rankings. 

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