Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner reaches career-best second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. His performance against New Zealand helped him to improve his T20 ranking. He took two wickets for 26 in the final match against the Kiwis to move up one place in the list. 

Kuldeep Yadav produced a magical spell to dismiss the well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only T20I match he played against NZ. Currently, he is behind only to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the ranking table. Krunal Pandya, another left-arm spinner has moved up 39 places to achieve his a career-best 58th rank. Indian openers Rohit Sharma is now at the seventh position while the other opener Shikhar Dhawan is now at 11th. Virat Kohli is now at the 20th position. 

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has moved up one place to 12th, Ross Taylor has moved up seven places to 51st and Tim Seifert has achieved career-best 83rd after moving up up 87 places. Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers is also a notable gainer with Mitchell Santner making it to the top ten.

For South African left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks, the eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him reach his career-best 81st position. Chris Morris has also gained a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets. 

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Among others, Pakistan’s Babar Azam got his reward after his knock of 151 and continues to top the batsmen’s list. Hussain Talat has moved to 56th position and Shahid Afridi is now standing at career-best 48th position. Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim is at the fourth position now. 

Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers whereas all eyes were on the Nepal players. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami are in joint 70th position among bowlers. 

In team ranking, there has been an improvement for Nepal. They have overtaken the UAE marginally to be on the 14th position South Africa is now at the third position ahead of Australia and England in the fourth and fifth.


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