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Team India batsman K.L. Rahul maintains his 2nd spot, Virat moves down to 10th spot in T20I rankings

Team India batsman K.L. Rahul maintains his 2nd spot, Virat moves down to 10th spot in T20I rankings

Dubai, Feb 17 (UNI) Team India opening batsman K.L. Rahul maintained his second spot

however skipper Virat Kohli moved down to the 10th spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings

for batsmen released on Monday.

Babar Azam is currently the top-ranked batsman, followed by KL Rahul and Australia

captain Aaron Finch, while the bowling and the all-rounders charts are led by Afghanistan's

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi respectively.

England captain Eoin Morgan and South Africa left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi have

entered the top 10 T20I Rankings for batsmen and bowlers respectively, after their superlative performances in the three-match series between the two sides.

Morgan scored 136 runs from three innings at a strike-rate of 170 and was the only batsman

to register two fifty-plus scores in the series. He went past India captain Virat Kohli and his

deputy Rohit Sharma to claim the ninth position.

Quinton de Kock, Morgan's opposite number, climbed as many as 10 spots to occupy the

16th position, after having registered scores of 31, 65 and 35.

Temba Bavuma, de Kock's opening partner, rose a staggering 127 spots to take the 52nd

position, after aggregating 123 runs from three innings at a strike-rate of 153.75.

Jonny Bairstow and Rassie Van der Dussen, too, jumped up 15 and and 21 spots

respectively to claim their career-best ratings and occupy the 23rd and 37th position

respectively. Dawid Malan dropped down a position but is still England's best-ranked

batsman, occupying the sixth position in the standings.

As for the bowlers, Tabraiz Shamsi broke into the top 10, climbing up nine positions to

occupy the eighth spot, while Adil Rashid replaced Andile Phehlukwayo in the sixth position.

Tom Curran, who bagged five wickets and bowled the decisive last over in the second

T20I to give his side a two-run victory, rose 28 spots to break into the top 30.

As for the all-rounders, Dwaine Pretorius was the only notable gainer, climbing up 39

spots to take the 46th position, while Ben Stokes achieved a career-high rating to take

the 30th spot.

England have retained their third position in the team rankings and their series win has

taken them within two points of second-placed Australia.

UNI XC-BM

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