Kohli, Badree enter ICC World T20 semis as top batsman, bowler

KARCHI: Riding on the crest wave, Indian batsman Virat Kohli and West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree entered ICC World Twenty20 second semifinal at Mumbai on Thursday as top ranked batsman and bowler in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 International ranking released on Tuesday.

Number-one ranked India will go head to head with third-ranked West Indies. India has retained its pre-tournament ranking as well as points, while the West Indies has gained two points to move to 120.

This means both the former champions, who each won three of their four second round matches, are now separated by seven points.

Meanwhile, there has been a reshuffling of the pack in the T20 Internationals leading performers have been rewarded for their good performances. India’s Virat Kohli, who averages 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, has reclaimed the number-one batting position. Kohli had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but has now opened up a 68-point advantage over the Australian.

England’s Joe Root has rocketed 38 places to career-high 11th after scoring 168 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 150. The Yorkshireman has gained 105 points in the tournament to date as he now has Zimbabwe’s eighth-ranked Hamilton Masakadza firmly within his sights.

Martin Guptill is New Zealand’s highest-ranked batsman after the opener has moved up two places to third following his contribution of 125 runs in three matches at a strike-rate of over 162.

West Indies’ flamboyant Chris Gayle has gained one place and is now ranked sixth after scoring 104 runs in two innings at a stunning strike-rate of 208.

In the bowlers’ table, West Indies’ Samuel Badree has returned in number-one position. Badree has taken six wickets in four matches to date, while India’s Ravichandaran Ashwin has dropped from number-one spot to third after managing just four wickets in as many matches.

New Zealand’s Adam Milne and India’s trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra are the bowlers who have made impressive gains and are expected to feature in the final leg of what has been a highly-competitive tournament to date. Milne’s three wickets in three matches have helped him rise six places to sixth, Jadeja’s four wickets in four matches have moved him up three places to seventh, Bumrah’s three wickets in four matches have lifted him 13 places to 13th and Nehra has leaped 14 places to 16th following his four wickets in as many matches.

Shane Watson of Australia has signed off on his T20I career as the number-one ranked all-rounder. In the batting charts, Watson finished in 10th spot (up by three places) after scoring 96 runs, while he has ended up in 29th spot (up by five places) in the bowlers’ list after taking five wickets in four matches.

Afghanistan, which consistently produced solid performances and eventually caused the biggest upset of the tournament to date by defeating the West Indies, has seen a number of players head in an upward direction. In the batting table, opener Mohammad Shahzad is now eighth (up by three places), while Asghar Stanikzai is 47th (up by six places).

In the bowlers? table, Mohammad Nabi is ninth (up by 11 places), Rashid Khan is 11th (up by 68 places) and Hamza Hotak is 18th (up by 22 places).

Batsmen to improve their rankings but will no more feature in the tournament include South Africa’s Hashim Amla (12th, up by nine places), Sabbir Rahman of Bangladesh (16th, up by four places), Quinton de Kock of South Africa (17th, up by seven places) and Australia?s Glenn Maxwell (20th, up by 11 places).

Bowlers to head in the right direction are South Africa?s Kyle Abbott (fifth, up by six places), James Faulkner of Australia (eighth, up by 28 places), Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh (19th, up by eight places), Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile (20th, up by 27 places) and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa (22nd, up by seven places).

T20I Ranking: Rank Team Points

1. India 127

2. New Zealand 122

3. West Indies 120

4. South Africa 115

5. England 115

6. Australia 112

7. Pakistan 107

8. Sri Lanka 105

9. Afghanistan 81

10. Bangladesh 74

11. Scotland 59

12. Netherlands 59

13. Zimbabwe 57

14. Hong Kong 44

15. UAE 43

16. Ireland 39

17. Oman 37