Following an impressive hundred in the third T20I series against West Indies, New Zealand batsman Colin Munro jumps 11 places to sit at the top of the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. His teammate leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has also gone on top of the ICC T20I rankings for bowlers. This is the first time a New Zealand duo has surged to the top of the T20I rankings since the duo of Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori who did so in 2009 and 2010. New Zealand are also the No. 1 T20I side at the moment.
Munro has started off 2018 in great style. He finished the series against West Indies as the leading run-getter with 223 runs in 3 matches, with a strike-rate of over 197. Munro has 137 points to his name and is now 9 points clear of Aaron Finch, who drops down to the second spot.
Both Munro and Sodhi were very excited about reaching the top of the T20I rankings. Munro said, “It’s a bit of a surprise but one that I think anybody would take. It’s been a bit of a goal of mine to get up the rankings and to get to the top is pretty special,” according to icc-cricket.com.
Sodhi on the other hand said, “I’m really grateful for the success I’ve had and I’m stoked to be ranked number-one. It hasn’t really sunk in just yet, but I’m sure it will as the days progress.”
As far as the Indians are concerned, India batsman KL Rahul drops to No. 5 spot among batsmen, while among the bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah drops to no. 4 from third spot. Indian captain Virat Kohli remains as the No. 3 T20I batsman.