Spinner Kuldeep Yadav breaks into top-five among T20I bowlers

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Spinner Kuldeep Yadav breaks into top-five among T20I bowlers

Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav has vaulted into the top-five of the International Cricket Council (ICC) men’s player rankings for T20I bowlers for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old made a jump 20 places to claim the third position on the ranking list.

Australian spinner Adam Zampa, meanwhile, has also made a significant improvement in his ranking making a jump of 17 places to occupy the fifth spot. The two wrist-spinners have edged out fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah of India and Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman out of the top-20 to increase the number of slow bowlers to 13 in the top-20 list.

Bowlers inside the top 20 to lose ground include Imran Tahir in ninth (down by three places), Yuzvendra Chahal in 11th (down by seven places), Billy Stanlake in 14th (down by five places) and Andrew Tye in 18th (down by eight places).

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Outside the top 20, South Africa’s duo of Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo have improved their rankings. Morris is now ranked 27th (up by six places) and Phehlukwayo is ranked 38th (up by four places).

In the batting table, India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the biggest mover, rising five places to a career-high 11th position.

Babar Azam of Pakistan is the number-one ranked batsman, while Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is the top-ranked bowler. Glenn Maxwell of Australia is the leading all-rounder, according to the recently released T20I ranking list.

(With ANI inputs)


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