Virat Kohli enters Top 10 of T20I rankings after sensational Mumbai knock

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Published on: Dec 12, 2019

Indian captain Virat Kohli jumped five places to enter the Top 10 of ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. With 685 points, he is just behind vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Kohli smashed 70 not out in only 29 balls as India beat West Indies 2-1 to clinch the three-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Rohit and Kohli are the joint highest T20I scorers in world cricket, with 2,633 runs. While Kohli played a sensational knock, Rohit also excelled with 71 from 34 balls, but still slipped from number eight to nine in the rankings. KL Rahul, who was named man-of-the-match in Mumbai for his 91 from 56, is at number six in the rankings now.

Kohli remains the only batsman with an average of over 50 in all formats. He has 2,633 runs in 75 T20Is at an average of 52.66. In 84 Tests, Kohli has amassed 7,202 runs at an average of 54.97. Further, in 239 ODIs, Kohli has scored 11,520 runs at a stunning average of 60.30.

After a poor performance in the second T20I at Thiruvananthapuram, Team India came back well by excelling in all departments in the decider at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. utan omsattningskrav

Asked to bat by West Indies, India posted 240 for 3 in their 20 overs. India raced to 72 at the end of the powerplay, and brought up the 100 in the eighth over. Rahul and Rohit featured in a 135-run stand for the opening wicket. The struggling Rishabh Pant was promoted to number three, but he fell second-ball, without scoring. Kohli and Rahul then continued to torment the Windies attack. Kohli came up with his quickest T20I fifty, off 21 balls. The Indian captain hit seven sixes while Rohit slammed five, and Rahul hit four.

In response, West Indies faltered to 17 for 3 early in the chase. Regular opener Evin Lewis could not bat following a knee injury he suffered while fielding. Skipper Kieron Pollard made a valiant 68 from 39 and Shimron Hetmyer scored 41 from 24. However, West Indies were way behind the target and finished on 173 for 8.

Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami impressed with 2 for 20 and 2 for 25 respectively. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav also claimed two wickets apiece, but went for over 40 runs, as India won the game by 67 runs.

--Renin Wilben Albert

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