Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) men’s T20I player rankings after grabbing two for 26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series.
The 24-year-old accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
Indian Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya is another slow bowler to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.
In the ICC men’s T20I team rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal has overtaken the UAE marginally to be in the 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table.