Kuldeep Yadav, Adam Zampa vault into top five in T20I rankings

Written by Vipin Darwade

India’s Kuldeep Yadav and Australia’s Adam Zampa made the most significant gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who took four wickets across the three Twenty20 Internationals against Australia, moved up a whopping 20 places to No.3. Adam Zampa, the Australia leggie, meanwhile made a 17-spot leap to No.5 after picking three wickets against India across two bowling innings, including a match-winning spell of 2/22 in the first match.

And with Australia quicks Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye slipping five places to No.14 and eight places to No.18 respectively, the top 10 bowlers’ list now features nine spinners – Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf the lone quick among the top names.

Krunal Pandya, who claimed a stunning 4/36 in India’s series levelling-win in the third game, rose 66 places to No.98, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah held their places at No.19 and No.21 respectively.

In the batting department, the results were mixed. India opener Shikhar Dhawan moved up five places to No.11 after his knocks of 76 and 41, but Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul slipped two spots to No.6 and No.9 respectively, while Virat Kohli kept his spot at No.14 after scores of 4 and 61* – the latter a match-winning effort.

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