KL Rahul is now the 2nd best batsman in T20Is

Last Updated: Thursday, 6 February 2020 (12:48 IST)
Dubai:Lokesh Rahul leads a pack of players who have shot up the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings after their team stormed to a 5-0 series win in New Zealand.
Rahul's series topping aggregate of 224 runs has lifted him four places to a career
best-equaling second place while Rohit Sharma (up three places to 10th), Shreyas 
Iyer (up 63 places to 55th) and Manish Pandey (up 12 places to 58th) are others 
advancing in the latest rankings update that also includes the Pakistan-Bangladesh 
There are now three Indians in the top 10 batsmen, as captain Virat Kohli has retained 
his ninth position with 105 runs from four matches.
The story is similar for the India bowling attack as Jasprit Bumrah has gained 26 places 
to reach 11th position, Yuzvendra Chahal has advanced 10 places to 30th and Shardul 
Thakur's eight wickets in the series have lifted him 34 places to 57th position. Navdeep 
Saini (up 25 places to 71st) and Ravindra Jadeja (up 34 places to 76th) have also moved 
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's 160 runs in the series have taken him from 23rd 
to 16th position while Tim Seifert (73rd to 34th) and Ross Taylor (50th to 39th) have also 
made notable gains in the batsmen's list. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has advanced six places to 
13th among bowlers.
For Pakistan, experienced players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have advanced 
to 45th and 71th positions, respectively, after slamming a half-century each in the 
three-match series. Babar Azam, the third Pakistan batsman to score a half-century in the 
series, has retained the top position as well as his aggregate of 879 points.
Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has moved up from 72nd to 39th position with two 
wickets in the series, which the home side won 2-0, with one match abandoned, to retain 
the top rank in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who top-scored in the series with an aggregate of 104 
runs, has gained 11 slots to reach 50th position. Al Amin-Hossain is at 51st position among 
bowlers after gaining 25 places.(UNI)
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