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Kohli consolidates number-one ranking, Root claims fourth place

Kohli consolidates number-one ranking, Root claims fourth place
Joe Root has been phenomenal for England in this tournament with 249 runs from six games.
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After a stupendous success in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 tournament, Indian stalwart Virat Kohli has consolidated his position at the top of the International Cricket Council T20 rankings for batsmen.

Starting the tournament with a 24-point lead over Australia’s Aaron Finch (803), Kohli (889) has now extended the lead to 86 points after the former Australian captain played just two games in the tournament.

In the five games he has played, Kohli has amassed 273 runs at an average of 136.50 with three fifties to his name.

Following Kohli and Finch, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill holds the third spot with 754 rating points.

Meanwhile, England’s Joe Root has made a movement of seven places and is currently at the fourth place after scoring 249 runs from six games.

Faf du Plessis (741) is the only South African in the top 10 and is positioned at the fifth place, followed by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson while Alex Hales has moved to the seventh spot following a dismal tournament.

Spin has taken the centre stage in the bowling rankings with Samuel Badree (790), Imran Tahir (740), Ravichandran Ashwin (712) and Shahid Afridi (674) occupying the first four places.

Badree had a fantastic tournament with nine wickets from six games but what stood out was his economy rate of 5.39 in the tournament.

James Faulkner, who picked eight wickets from four games remains the only Australian at the top 10 while the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi secures the ninth spot and is followed by Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

There has been no change in the all-rounder ranking as Shane Watson, who retired from international cricket recently continuing to hold the number one spot.

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