Kohli at career-best fifth in ICC T20I batting rankings

Dubai, Dec 29 (IANS) India's Virat Kohli jumped five places to a career-best fifth in the latest ICC T20I batsmen rankings released Saturday.

The rankings were released at the end of India's T20I series against England and Pakistan, as well as South Africa's three-match series against New Zealand.

While India levelled the two-match series against both England and Pakistan, South Africa won the three-match series against New Zealand by a margin of 2-1.

Kohli scored a total of 95 runs against England and Pakistan in the four matches thereby achieving his career-best ratings of 731.

The batting table continues to be headed by Shane Watson, followed by Brendon McCullum in second place and Chris Gayle in third.

Also moving up in the batting table is Yuvraj Singh, who has jumped six places to 13th, following his 124 runs against England and Pakistan.

Yuvraj, who was also named player of the series against England, has moved up a place in the latest bowling rankings to 35th.

The combined batting and bowling efforts has helped Yuvraj achieve career-best 337 ratings points in the all-rounders' table, where he is placed third.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 116 runs against India in the two matches at a strike rate of 165.71, has moved up a place to 19th in the latest batting table with a best-ever ratings of 594.

Second-placed Hafeez also achieved his career-best ratings of 377 as an all-rounder in the series against India.

South Africa's Henry Davids, who ended as the highest run-getter in the series against New Zealand with 143 runs at a strike rate of 140.19, was rewarded with a jump of 29 places to 29th with best ever 505 ratings points.

The others to make upward movement include Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 25th (up by three), Luke Wright in 30th (up by two), Nasir Jamshed in 39th (up by 11), David Miller in 73rd (up by 10) and Ajinkya Rahane in 74th (up by five).

The bowlers' table is still headed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, followed by Ajantha Mendis in second place and Graeme Swann in third.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin has moved up two places to 16th with career-best ratings of 618 achieved against Pakistan at Ahmedabad in the second match.

The others to rise include Umar Gul in 25th (up by two), Robin Peterson in 31st (up by one), both Ryan McLaren (up by 25) and Ashoke Dinda (up by 10) in 55th, Doug Bracewell in 69th (up by eight), James Franklin in 77th (up by four) and Ishant Sharma in 89th (up by 12).

The all-rounders' table continues to be headed by Shane Watson.

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