Handsome batsman Ishan Kishan has become the highest-ranked T20I batsman for Team India as he has made a huge leap in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. The left-handed batsman jumped 68 places to reach the seventh spot in the elite list and is earning accolades from different corners. Notably, Kishan made his international debut last year and has so far played only a handful of matches.
The 23-year-old is the only Indian batsman in the top 10 batsmen with KL Rahul dropping to the 14th spot. Regular skipper Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer have also dropped one spot each to 16th and 17th respectively, while former skipper Virat Kohli has dropped two spots to 21st.
Ishan Kishan has been in excellent touch of late.
Meanwhile, Kishan has been in excellent touch, having smashed 164 runs in just three outings, including two fifties in the ongoing five-match T20I series against South Africa. It is still early days for Kishan in the T20I format as he has played just 13 matches for India and has scored 453 runs at an average of nearly 38. He has also scored four fours and bowled at a strike rate of 132.46.
Talking about India’s bowlers in the T20I rankings, senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar moved up seven places to 11th and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal moved up four places to 26th. Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood now occupies the top spot among T20 bowlers, while Sri Lankan spinner Mahesh Theekshana moved up 16 places to eighth in the list.
In the Test rankings, India’s Jasprit Bumrah moved up one place to third, just behind teammate and senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who remains static in the number two spot. Ashwin also occupies the second spot in the Test format, as his star teammate, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, occupies the top spot.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli have retained their seventh and tenth places respectively in the Test batting rankings. Former England captain Joe Root regained the number one spot after scoring consecutive centuries in an ongoing Test series against New Zealand. Root replaced Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne to take the top spot.
Hazlewood is number one in this format.
Josh Hazlewood of Australia regained his number one spot in the T20 bowling rankings, while Mahesh Teeksha of Sri Lanka moved up 16 places to eighth. In the Test rankings, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah moved up to third place behind compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin remains in second place. Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin continue to occupy the top two spots in the all-rounder list. Rohit and Kohli are seventh and tenth respectively in the Test batting rankings, while England’s Joe Root has climbed to the top after scoring his second consecutive century in the ongoing ICC Test World Championship series against New Zealand.
Ishan Kishan. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Gallo Images/Getty Images)