Kohli consolidates top spot in ICC rankings

The Indian captain scored 104 runs in the T20I series against New Zealand to guide his team to a 2-1 win.

Virat Kohli is now 40 points ahead of Aaron Finch.   -  Vivek Bendre

Virat Kohli consolidated his position at the top of the table, while openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan moved up in the latest ICC T20I player rankings released on Wednesday.

Kohli scored 104 runs in the T20I series to guide India to a 2-1 win over New Zealand. He gained 13 points and increased the gap with Australia’s Aaron Finch to 40 points. Rohit and Dhawan scored 93 and 87 runs in the three-match series; they moved up to 21st and 45th respectively.

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) were the Indian bowlers to improve their rankings.

In the ICC T20I team rankings, India has gained three points from the T20I series but remains behind England on decimal points, in fifth place. New Zealand, however, has ceded the top spot to Pakistan (124) after it slipped from 125 to 120 points, following its series loss.

New Zealand bowlers Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult have made noteworthy gains in the ICC T20I player rankings. 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 T20I in Rajkot, has reached a career-best 16th position after moving up 14 slots. Tim Southee (up five places to 81st) is another New Zealand bowler to move up while opener Colin Munro is a major gainer among batsmen.

Munro has gained four places to reach the 12th position after scoring 123 runs in the series.

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