India's Kuldeep Yadav breaks into top five of ICC T20 bowler rankings

Sudhir Gupta 21:22 26/11/2018
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Kuldeep Yadav is now ranked third amongst T20 bowlers.

Following his excellent showings in the drawn T20 series between Australia and India, wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has entered the top five of the ICC bowler’s rankings for the format.

The India spinner made a whopping jump of 20 places to enter the top five of the T20 bowler’s rankings for the first time in his career. Kuldeep is now placed in the No3 spot in the rankings with Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan holding on to his top spot ahead of Pakistan’s Shadab Khan.

Kuldeep picked up four wickets across the three T20s against Australia to make the jump. Another leg-spinner – Adam Zampa – also made a huge leap with the Aussie climbing 17 spots to attain the No5 ranking.

With Zampa’s rise, nine of the 10 top-ranked T20 bowlers in the world are now spinners with Pakistan pacer Faheem Ashraf (seventh rank) being the exception.

In the batting department, Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues to top the charts followed by New Zealand’s Colin Munro and Australia’s Aaron Finch.

Following his man-of-the-series display against Australia, India opener Shikhar Dhawan has climbed to No11 spot in the batsmen’s rankings. However, his opening partner Rohit Sharma dropped two spots to number nine.

There was also a drop in the ranking of India batsman KL Rahul who now finds himself in the ninth spot after being ranked at No7 prior to the start of the T20 series. India skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, remained stationary in the No14 spot.

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