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Virat Kohli fourth in ICC T20 rankings, Rahul retains sixth place

Dubai. Indian captain Virat Kohli and star batsman Lokesh Rahul have retained the fourth and sixth positions respectively in the batting list in the International Cricket Council’s latest T20 International rankings while no Indian figure in the top 10 of the bowling list. England’s David Malan is leading the batting rankings. There has been no change in the ranking of the top seven batsmen. South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has moved up to eighth while West Indies’ Evin Lewis has lost one place to ninth.

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In the bowlers’ list, Tabrez Shamsi continues to top the list, followed by Wanindu Hasaranga and Rashid Khan. India’s top bowler in the bowling rankings is veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is in 12th position. Injured off-spinner Washington Sundar is another Indian bowler in the top 20 at 18th position. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only bowler whose ranking has improved. He is now in 25th place. However, he has not been included in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup. Hardik Pandya is the only Indian in the top 20 in the all-rounders’ list. He has managed to make the list with 98 points.

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India played the last T20 series in Sri Lanka and since then the team has not played any match in the shortest format. Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has moved up two places to eighth. He took eight wickets in the series against South Africa. Nasum Ahmed has moved up 25 places to 15th while Mehdi Hassan has moved up four places to 20th. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, however, lost the top spot in the all-rounders’ rankings to Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.

America’s Jaskaran Malhotra has jumped 169 places to 132nd in the one-day international rankings for batsmen. Jaskaran hit six sixes in an over against Papua New Guinea’s Godi Toka in a World Cup Super League 2 match. In the bowlers’ list, Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichen managed to break into the top 100 with a rank of 91st.

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