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Batting heroics power Rahul to second spot in ICC T20I rankings
Rahul moves to second spot

Batting heroics power Rahul to second spot in ICC T20I rankings

KL Rahul’s batting heroics have vaulted him to second place in the ICC rankings for T20I batsmen. The rankings were announced after India’s 5-0 whitewash over New Zealand in the T20I series.

Rahul, who was picked over Rishabh Pant as specialist wicket-keeper, scored 226 runs including two half-centuries in the series, which moved him up to four places in the list. He was adjudged player of the series for his performances.

“I think it is a winning habit that we have cultivated wherein we want to win every time we step onto the ground,” Rahul said. “As a team we keep believing in each other. Leading up to the World Cup, there were a few strategies that we wanted to try out. It just keeps giving us more and more confidence to keep going around.”

There have been significant gains for India after the win – Rohit Sharma has moved up three places to enter the top ten list, whereas Jasprit Bumrah jumped 26 places to settle in on the 11th spot.

India will face off New Zealand in a three-match ODI series starting February 5.