Axar Patel and Yashasvi Jaiswal Reach Career-Best T20I Rankings

Axar Patel and Yashasvi Jaiswal Reach Career-Best T20I Rankings
After delivering impressive performances in the first two T20Is against Afghanistan, Axar Patel, India's left-arm spin all-rounder, and Yashasvi Jaiswal, the young left-handed opener, have attained their career-best positions in the latest ICC men's T20I rankings. Patel, with match-winning figures of 2-23 and 2-16 in India's consecutive six-wicket victories, has surged 12 places to secure a career-best fifth position among T20I bowlers. Additionally, his valuable contributions have elevated him two places to the 16th position in the all-rounders' rankings.
Yashasvi Jaiswal's impressive innings of 68 off 34 balls in the second T20I in Indore, following his absence in the series opener in Mohali due to a groin strain, has propelled him seven positions to achieve a career-best sixth position in the rankings. Meanwhile, the seam-bowling all-rounder Shivam Dube's back-to-back unbeaten scores of 60 and 63 have seen a significant rise in his rankings for batters, catapulting him from 265th to 58th place.
Shubman Gill (up seven places to 60th among batters), Tilak Verma (up three places to joint-61st among batters) and Arshdeep Singh (up four places to 21st among bowlers) are the other Indian players to move up in the rankings. For Afghanistan, Najibullah Zadran (up one place to 46th) and Mohammad Nabi (up two places to 54th) have moved up in the batters rankings.
New Zealand opener Finn Allen, whose two innings of 34 off 15 balls and 74 off 41 deliveries helped his team win the first two matches against Pakistan and lifted him 11 places to 16th position among batters. His team-mate Tim Southee, who took six wickets in the first two matches, is up eight places to 18th in the bowlers’ list.
Following his back-to-back half-centuries in the initial two matches against New Zealand, Pakistan's standout batsman Babar Azam has ascended one position to secure the fourth spot, while Fakhar Zaman has made a notable jump of 14 places, now sitting at the 81st position. Among the New Zealand batters, Daryll Mitchell has moved up nine places to claim the 37th position, and Kane Williamson has risen by 13 places, now occupying the 59th spot in the rankings.
In the bowling rankings, Sri Lankan spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana have jointly secured the third position, with Hasaranga moving up by one place and Theekshana by two. Pakistan's fast bowler Haris Rauf, who claimed five wickets in two matches, has risen by two places to share the joint-14th position. Similarly, New Zealand pacer Adam Milne, with six wickets in two matches, has progressed from the 66th to the joint-47th position in the rankings.
Source: IANS