| Brendon McCullum
Calcutta: After wowing the world with an impressive performance in his comeback International match, cancer-beater Yuvraj Singh has re-entered the Reliance ICC T20 Player Rankings, which was released on Thursday.
Yuvraj, who hit a 26-ball 34, decorated with two huge sixes, against New Zealand on Tuesday, is placed at the 15th spot in the Player Rankings for batsmen.
Suresh Raina is the only Indian in the top-10 of individual rankings. Raina is sitting steady at the third spot in the rankings for T20 batsmen.
But while Yuvraj’s return to top flight cricket was a good news for the Indian fans ahead of the World T20, there was disappointment for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team as a whole. India, in the team rankings, have slipped to seventh from the fourth position after their loss to the Black Caps in the only game possible in the two-match series.
Meanwhile, New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum and Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal have taken over as the leading batsman and bowler in the latest T20 Player Rankings.
The latest rankings, that were released on Thursday, incorporate the Pakistan-Australia, India-New Zealand and England-South Africa T20 series that were forerunners to the World T20, which begins on Tuesday.
Hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe, in Hambantota, in the tournament opener.
McCullum’s 55-ball 91 against India, in Chennai, helped move him to the top of the rankings table, while David Warner’s 59 for Australia against Pakistan, in the third and final match, in Dubai, which included six sixes, has seen him leap six places up the rankings to fourth.
The batsman losing the most ground was England’s Eoin Morgan who has fallen from the No.1 spot to ninth, losing eight places.
Last week, Ajmal had became the No.1 ranked bowler in rankings for ODI bowlers, and his six wickets in the three-match series against Australia in Dubai has helped him to take the No.1 spot in the T20 cricket as well.
Ajmal overtook England’s Graeme Swann, who picked up three wickets in the three-match series against South Africa.
Ajmal’s overall rating of 782 points is also a career best.
Shane Watson has moved up eight places to seventh in the bowlers’ table with his highest ever rating of 650. Watson also holds the No.1 rank in the rankings for all-rounders with his highest-ever rating of 475, achieved in the series against Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Umar Gul has moved back into the top 20 in the bowlers’ table with a four place rise to sit in 18th position.
Meanwhile, England head into the World T20 as the No.1-ranked team on the T20 Championship table.
England levelled the three-match series against South Africa 1-1 with a win in the third and final match to reclaim the No.1 spot.
South Africa, now second, trail England by just one ratings point.
Pakistan’s 2-1 series win over Australia has ensured that they retain their pre-series position of sixth, while George Bailey’s team continue to be ninth in the rankings.