Talented wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up a notch to grab a career-best second position in the latest ICC T20 global rankings, where India maintained its second position behind Pakistan despite dropping two ranking points.
Kuldeep registered figures of 2/26 in the third T20I between India and New Zealand which Men in Blue lost by four runs in a nail biter and eventually the series 2-1.
The 24-year-old accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
In the batsmen's list, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma swapped three places with compatriot KL Rahul, who didn't feature in the recently-concluded series.
Vijay Shankar's dominant form in the New Zealand series interested Chief Selector MSK Prasad's hopes of him playing for India in the World Cup. Spinner Santner climbed four places up to enter the top ten rankings.
In the team rankings, India continue to hold the second spot but have dropped two points.
Having said that, it was a 63-run unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket between Dinesh Karthik (33) and Krunal Pandya (26) which saw India stay alive in the game till the last three balls of the match. Recently, Pakistan also suffered a 1-2 series defeat to South Africa in the United Arab Emirates. Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come on to the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry onto the ODI table. Among the Proteas batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.