ICC Rankings: Ruturaj Gaikwad climbs 143 places in T20I rankings

Written by Vipin Darwade

India opener in the Ireland series and captain of the Asian Games squad – Ruturaj Gaikwad – climbed 143 places in the T20I rankings after his half-century in the 2nd T20I match of Ireland series. Gaikwad opened the innings and hit a career-best 58 runs to help India put up 185 runs.

Gaikwad improved a whopping 143 places to equal 87th and will hope to make things count in the final T20I match on Wednesday, 23 August.

Gaikwas was not the only one to improve their rankings in the shortest format of the international game. Ravi Bishnoi improved 17 places to equal 65th following consecutive two-wicket hauls against the Irish, while star pacer Jasprit Bumrah jumps seven spots to 84th following an impressive return from injury.

India batter Shubman Gill moved up one spot to reach the fourth position in ICC rankings for batters in ODI cricket. Gill’s rise comes despite inconsistencies in the 50-over format ahead of Asia Cup and ODI World Cup.

In the latest ODI rankings released by the ICC after the first ODI between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gill has now got 743 rating points and is placed as India’s top-ranked batter.

Despite missing the Ireland series, Suryakumar Yadav remains on the top spot in the T20I rankings for batters.

In ODIs, Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq occupy the first and third spots respectively, with Rassie van der Dussen splitting the Pakistan batters. There has been no change for Indian mainstays Virat Kohli (ninth) and captain Rohit Sharma (11th).

In Tests, the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are world’s No 1 bowler and all-rounder, respectively.

India have a run up of several white-ball series going into the ODI World Cup 2023. The team will play the Asia Cup and then Australia ahead of the premier tournament, set to be held in the months of October and November.

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