Dubai, Apr.7 ANI | 9 months ago

At the end of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, Indian batsman Virat Kohli has attained his career-best ranking, as he moved to second in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen.

Off Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also attained his career best ranking in ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers as he rose three places to the third position in the bowlers' list.

The latest rankings update, released a day after Sri Lanka beat India in the final of the tournament in Mirpur, reflects the performances in the semi-finals and final.

Kohli, named player of the tournament, ended as the highest run-getter of the tournament 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 Australia batsman 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 side 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 JP Duminy, in seventh place (up by one).

The other batsmen to move upwards outside the top 20 are Hashim Amla in 22nd place (up by two), Rohit Sharma in 26th (up by one), Dwayne Bravo in 29th (up by two), Angelo Mathews in 41st (up by six), Dwayne Smith in 47th (up by one), David Miller in 59th (up by two), Thisara Perera in 67th (up by three) and Ajinkya Rahane in 85th (up by four).

Meanwhile, 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. Ashwin ended as the fourth highest wicket-taker in the tournament. 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.

The only other positive movements inside the top 20 were that of Lasith Malinga and Imran Tahir. While Sri Lanka captain Malinga moved up three places to 13th, South Africa's leg-spinner Tahir entered the top 20 for the first-time ever as he rose four places to a best-ever 17th.

Outside the top 20, the bowlers to move up are Marlon Samuels in 35th (up by five), Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 54th (up by 10), Amit Mishra in 60th (up by 14), Rangana Herath in 70th (up by 31) and JP Duminy in 92nd (up by five).

(Posted on 07-04-2014)

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