Dubai, November 9: The gem of Indian cricket, current captain of India Cricket team Virat Kohli gained the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings of T20 format that was released on Wednesday. While openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan claimed 21st and 45th position respectively.
Notably, skipper Virat Kohli’s 104 runs in the series have helped him consolidate his position at the top of the table as he has gained 13 points and increased the gap with Aaron Finch to 40 points. The Indian bowlers to move in the right direction are pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar up two places to 26th, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal up 22 places to 30th and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel up 17 places to 62nd.
However, New Zealand bowlers Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult have made noteworthy gains in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings after the three-match series in India, which the home side won 2-1 on Tuesday. Sodhi’s five wickets in the series have lifted him five places to the top-10 for the first time in his career. Left-arm pace bowler Boult, who grabbed six wickets including a haul of four for 34 in the second match in Rajkot which his side won by 40 runs, has reached a career-best 16th position after moving up 14 slots.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has ceded the top place in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings to Pakistan. New Zealand has slipped from 125 to 120 points, with Pakistan taking the top spot at 124 points. New Zealand is ahead of the Windies on decimal points while India has gained three points from the series but remain behind England on decimal points, in fifth place.