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Virat Kohli second in ICC T20 batting rankings, Ashwin third in bowling

Posted on Apr 07 2014 | IANS

Dubai, April 7 : India pair Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin have attained career-best positions in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20 batsmen and bowlers.

While Kohli moved up a place to a career-best second in the batting table at the end of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, Ashwin rose three places to a best-ever third position in the bowlers' list.

The rankings updates, released Monday, a day after Sri Lanka beat India in the final of the tournament in Mirpur, reflect the performances in the semi-finals and final.

Kohli, named player of the tournament, ended as the highest run-getter of the World Cup with 319 runs at an average of 106.33 and a strike-rate of 129.14. He scored an unbeaten 72 in the semi-final against South Africa and followed it up with a knock of 77 in the final against Sri Lanka.

These efforts helped Kohli gain 68 ratings points to move up to a best-ever 889 ratings points, just three behind number-one ranked Australian Aaron Finch.

The only other India batsman in the top 10 is Suresh Raina, now in tenth place (down by three).

Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera, in fifth, is the only batsman from his country in the top 10.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has entered the top 10 for the first-time ever and is now in sixth place (up by 11). Close on his heels is teammate J.P. Duminy, in seventh place (up by one).

Meanwhile, India off-spinner Ashwin now shares the third position on the bowlers' table with Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.

Ashwin finished with 11 wickets in the tournament at an average of 11.27 and an economy rate of 5.35 runs per over. The off-spinner ended as the fourth highest wicket-taker in the World Cup.

He had spells of three for 22 in the semi-final against South Africa and one for 29 in the final against Sri Lanka. These efforts helped him gain 25 ratings points to end at a best-ever 711.

The bowlers' list is still headed by West Indies' Samuel Badree with teammate Sunil Narine in second place.

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