Virat Kohli makes massive jump in T20 rankings after incredible knock against Pakistan
Virat Kohli's magnificent innings against Pakistan reaped rich benefits, propelling him to ninth place in the latest ICC T20I batting rankings. On Sunday, Kohli hit an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls against his arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup, helping Team India chase down a 160-run goal and win by four wickets. For his match-winning heroics, the 33-year-old was was named player of the match.
Kohli now has 635 rating points and is ranked ninth, while Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan presently leads the list with 849 rating points. He is followed by Devon Conway of New Zealand in second place and Suryakumar Yadav of India in third place.
Kohli is also placed seventh in the ICC One-Day International batting rankings, making him the only Indian in the top ten in both formats of white-ball cricket.
After battling with form for some time, Kohli's fortunes with the bat took a positive turn in the Asia Cup 2022, where he finished as the tournament's second top run-scorer with 276 runs in five matches, averaging an amazing 92.00.
The right-handed batsman also scored his first T20I century and 71st century in international cricket during the tournament's encounter against Afghanistan, snapping a two-year century drought.
Kohli has smashed 567 runs at a remarkable average of 51.54 in 15 T20Is so far in 2022. He is an important component in the middle order for the Men in Blue, and his performance in the T20 World Cup will be crucial. On October 27, India will face the Netherlands in the second match of their tournament campaign.