SKY on the rise: Career best marks for India star following rankings update

SKY laurels keep piling up, with the No. 1 rated hitter in the world collecting more great achievements on the current MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings. SKY, who scored 239 runs at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, was removed just once and finished as India’s best run-scorer in the recent T20I series in New Zealand with 124 runs.

SKY is Rising for Team India

SKY smashed a brilliant unbeaten 111 in the second match of that series in Mount Maunganui, and the 32-year-old rose to a career-high rating of 895 points after that knock at Bay Oval. SKY’s rating slipped to 890 points after only 13 innings in the series finale in Napier, but the powerful right-hander still has a career-best 54-point lead over his nearest opponent at the top of the T20I batter rankings.

Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan (836 rating points) is ranked second in the current T20I batter rankings. At the same time, New Zealand’s Devon Conway (788) moves ahead of Babar Azam (778) and into the third position after scoring 84 runs in the series against India. There was a slew of additional movers on the new T20I batter rankings following the rain-soaked series in New Zealand, including India opener Ishan Kishan (up 10 positions to 33rd).

SKY on the rise

Glenn Phillips (up one position to sixth) and Kane Williamson (up five spots to 35th) both looked strong against India and were rewarded by advancing up the current batter rankings list. There was little movement among the top ten T20I bowler rankings this week, while India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up two spaces to 11th) and New Zealand veteran Tim Southee (up two spots to joint 14th) gained ground.

Meanwhile, following their dominating series whitewash of England at home, a slew of Australian players dominated the current ODI rankings. Experienced opener David Warner scored a century and a half-century during the series, propelling the 36-year-old to fifth overall on the current batters list, one spot below No.1-ranked Babar.

Fellow veteran Steve Smith moves up three spots to seventh overall, while left-hander Travis Head, who finished the series with 240 runs, moves up 12 spots to 30th. Two of Australia’s bowlers make significant advances as well, with left-arm quick Mitchell Starc rising four spots to fourth overall and spinner Adam Zampa reaching a career-high rating of 655 points and jumping eight spots to equal seventh after taking more wickets (11) than any other player during the series.

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