India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has risen one place to a career-best second in the latest ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers.
Kuldeep scalped two for 26 in the final T20I against New Zealand, which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series.
The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner picked up the wickets of well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
The left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya is another Indian player to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress in the charts with useful knocks.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tim Seifert are the top batsmen.
In the team rankings, India continues to hold the second spot but have dropped two points.
This 2-1 loss against New Zealand was India’s first ever T20I series defeat. Pakistan continues to lead the table with 135 points but has also dropped three points in their series defeat.
South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place following their 2-1 series win over Pakistan.
Nepal has overtaken the UAE marginally to be in a 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table.
For South Africa, left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets.
Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets. Among the Proteas batsmen, Faf du Plessis and Reeza Hendricks have been the main gainers.