Sports News, Nation, (New Delhi), February 11:-India 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 third and final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 1-2 down in the series.
The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner 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.
Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings that include two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by identical 2-1 margins.
Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to achieve career-best 58th spot 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.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 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.
Pakistan are leading the standings while India continue to remain second in the latest ICC T20I Team rankings.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)