Indian Captain Kohli & batsman KL Rahul have jumped up a place each in the latest ICC T20I Rankings thanks to their outstanding performances in the recently ended three match T20I series against Australia.
Kohli has smashed his 25th Half-Century in the third & final T20I at the SCG on Tuesday & rose up to the number eight spot over Afghanistan’s batsman Hazratullah Zazai. The Indian captain scored 134 runs in the recently ended T20I series & played a crucial role in India’s win in the 2nd T20I in Sydney.
Meanwhile Rahul has replaced Australian captain Aaron Finch & has gained a spot at number three. The right handed batsman had smashed a half century in the first T20I in Canberra. However Dawid Malan & Pakistan’s Babar Azam still occupies one & two spots respectively.
In the bowling list, Australia’s spinner Adam Zampa who scalped three wickets in the T20I series has entered the top five spot & is now at the fourth spot in the ICC T20I Rankings list. Whereas England’s pace spearhead Chris Jordan enters into the top ten spot while Adil Rashid moved a place up to be in the third spot.
Kohli’s brilliant form also helped him to equal the record of scoring most half centuries in the T20I format of cricket on Tuesday. The Indian Captain achieved the feat against Australia when he reached his 25th Half-century in the third & final T20I. Kohli has equaled Rohit Sharma’s tally of most half-centuries as both the batsman have 25 half-centuries registered under their name. Kohli has reached 25 half-centuries milestone in his 79th innings while Rohit Sharma has taken 100 innings to reach the milestone of 25 fifties.
By winning the first two T20Is India has clinched the T20I series by 2-1 points & now will face Australia in the four match Test series which will start on December 17 in Adelaide. The first match will be a day & night event & Kohli will depart for India after the first test as he has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI. Rohit’s availability for the Test series is still not clear as his fitness will be reassessed on December 11 at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.