Ishan Kishan jumps 10 places to 23rd, Hooda re-enters top 100


India opener Ishan Kishan jumped 10 places to be ranked 23rd while Deepak Hooda re-entered the top 100 in the latest ICC rankings for T20 batsmen released on Thursday.

Both moved up the charts after impressive performances in the first T20 International against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Tuesday, which India won by two runs.

Hooda’s unbeaten 41 off 23 balls moved him up 40 places to 97th position while Kishan was rewarded for his flamboyant 37 at the top of the order.

swashbuckling Suryakumar Yadav Mumbai retained the top spot for the batsmen despite a rare failure.

Among bowlers, India’s new T20 captain Hardik Pandya has improved nine places to reach 76th position.

As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, Wanindu Hasaranga once again made a strong contribution with figures of 1/22 against India, helping the right-handed batsman to progress as the top-ranked T20I bowler.

Also read: ICC Men’s T20I Rankings: Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda lead

Hasaranga also scored a quickfire 21 with the bat as the 25-year-old jumped two places to fifth in the latest list of all-rounders.

In the Test rankings for batsmen, Marnus Labuschagne continues to head proceedings with a healthy lead despite failing in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.

However, his closest rivals, teammate Steve Smith, Pakistan captain Babar Azam and former New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson are all close to the 28-year-old Labuschagne.

Williamson is the second big winner in the latest rankings, having jumped two places to move back into the top five after scoring his career-best fifth double century in the first Test against Pakistan.

In bowling, Pat Cummins took just one wicket during Australia’s win over the Proteas in the Boxing Day Test but still holds a massive 37-point lead over veteran England player James Anderson.

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