Sodhi, Boult major gainers in T20I rankings

New Zealand bowlers Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult have made noteworthy gains in the ICC T20I player rankings after the three-match series in India, which the home side won 2-1 on Tuesday.

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 match in Rajkot which his side won by 40 runs, 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 12th position after scoring 123 runs in the series including an unbeaten 109 in Rajkot.

For India, captain Virat Kohli’s 104 runs in the series have helped him consolidate his position at the top of the table as he has gained 13 points and increased the gap with Aaron Finch to 40 points.

Openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to 21st) and Shikhar Dhawan (up 20 places to 45th) have also moved up.

The India bowlers to move in the right direction are pace bowler 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).

Meanwhile, New Zealand have ceded the top place in the ICC T20I team rankings to Pakistan. New Zealand have slipped from 125 to 120 points, with Pakistan taking the top spot at 124 points.

New Zealand are ahead of the Windies on decimal points while India have gained three points from the series but remain behind England on decimal points, in fifth place.

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge      S/R        Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          824        52.86      138         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

2           ( – )          Aaron Finch          Aus         784        37.73      148         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

3           ( – )          Evin Lewis            Win         780*!     36.00      155         780 v Eng at Durham 2017

4           ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ           716        34.50      122         760 v Ban at Napier 2017

5           ( – )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         700        28.93      165         763 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

6           ( – )          Alex Hales            Eng         690        32.92      135         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

7=        ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           683!       34.51      133         683 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

( – )          Joe Root                Eng         683        39.10      129         750 v Win at Kolkata 2016

9           (RE)        Martin Guptill        NZ           679        33.74      130         793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

10=       (-1)          Babar Azam         Pak         664*      46.80      122         713 v ROW at Lahore 2017

(-1)          M. Shahzad          Afg          664        32.34      137         706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge      Eco       Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          724        18.40      6.74       764 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

2           ( – )          Imad Wasim         Pak         719        20.25      6.01       780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

3           ( – )          Rashid Khan         Afg          717!       14.35      5.91       717 v Win at St Kitts 2017

4           ( – )          Samuel Badree   Win         694        17.59      5.79       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

5           ( – )          Imran Tahir           SA           691        15.85      6.80       795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

6           ( – )          Sunil Narine         Win         676        20.68      6.02       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

7           ( – )          M. Rahman           Ban         667*      14.92      6.16       695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

8=        ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         661        20.65      6.79       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

( – )          James Faulkner   Aus         661        19.00      7.96       688 v SL at Adelaide 2017

10         ( 5)         Ish Sodhi               NZ           656*      14.50      6.89       663 v Ind at Rajkot 2017

ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 8 November, after the India-New Zealand series):

Rank    Team                Points

1          Pakistan           124

2          New Zealand     120 (-5)

3          Windies              120

4          England            119

5          India                 119 ( 3)

6          South Africa      112

7          Australia           111

8          Sri Lanka          91

9          Afghanistan      86

10         Bangladesh       76

11         Scotland           67

12         Zimbabwe         65