Century-making batsman got ranking for the first time, scored a match-winning century in 46 balls

Orhan Wadia
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Century-making batsman got ranking for the first time, scored a match-winning century in 46 balls

New Delhi. Indian cricket team's young batsman Abhishek Sharma has managed to make it to the ICC rankings for the first time. This destructive left-handed batsman scored a brilliant century in the second T20 match against Zimbabwe. On the basis of Abhishek's brilliant century, India defeated Zimbabwe by 100 runs. Abhishek has entered the T20 batsmen rankings released by the ICC at number 75. He scored a century in the second international match of his career. At the same time, Rituraj Gaikwad has also got the reward for his half-century. Rituraj has reached the top 10.

After a good performance in the ongoing T20 series in Zimbabwe, Ruturaj Gaikwad has moved up to seventh place in the rankings. Suryakumar Yadav is in second place with 821 points. Australia's Travis Head is at the top with 844 points. England's Phil Salt is in third place with 797 points while Pakistan captain Babar Azam (755), Mohammad Rizwan (746) and Jos Buttler (716) follow him. Gaikwad, who scored an unbeaten 77 off 47 balls in the second T20, has moved up 13 places to seventh place.

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Rest for senior players
With most members of India's ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024-winning squad rested for the Zimbabwe tour, the five-match series has given India's backup players a chance to showcase their talent and cement their place in the team after stalwarts like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja retired from the format.

Rinku Singh also got benefit
Apart from Gaikwad, the rankings of Rinku Singh and Abhishek Sharma have also improved. Rinku, who is among India's reserve players for the T20 World Cup, is at 39th position with a gain of four places. He scored an unbeaten 48 off 22 balls in the second T20. After failing to open the account in the first match, all-rounder Abhishek scored 100 runs off just 47 balls in the second match. Due to this innings, he made it to the rankings for the first time at 75th position.

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