Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
Dubai: Virat Kohli gained a ranking position in the latest T20 rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday.
Ahead of the flambouyant Indian batsman are Australian opener Aaron Finch and England`s top-order bat Alex Hales. The performance in the ongoing World Twenty20 has a direct bearing on the list.
Hales, who played a breathtaking knock of 116 against Sri Lanka is 58 points behind Finch (892 points), while Virat Kohli is further 13 points behind the Englishman. New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum with 777 points, at fourth, completes the top five.
The list also has Sri Lankan opener Kusal Perera (fifth) and South African middle-order bat JP Duminy (eighth) making into the top 10 for the first time in their careers.
Besides Virat, two Indian batsmen – Yuvaraj Singh (695 points) and Suresh Raina (689 points) also made into the top ten and currently in the sixth and seventh position respectively ahead of Chris Gayle (also at eighth) and Mahela Jayawardene (tenth).
In the bowlers` list, two West Indian spinners led the pack. Samuel Badree with 855 points is ahead of compatriot Sunil Narine (810). Both the tweakers have performed exceedingly well in the ongoing tournament in Bangladesh.
Behind the Caribbean duo is another spinner, Saeed Ajmal (711) of Pakistan. Two pacers, Australian Mitchell Starc (689) and Sri Lankan Sachitra Senanayake (688) complete the top five.
Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin with 686 points jumped 16 places to move into a career-high sixth place.
In a list dominated by the spinners, Nuwan Kulasekara – at eighth with 669 points, joined Starc and compatriot Senanayake as the only pacers in the top 10.