Virat Kohli, who just scored his 71st century in international play, moved up 14 spots to finish in 15th place in the most recent ICC T20 batting rankings. He and Team India captain Rohit Sharma are the only two players in the ICC rankings’ top 15 in all three formats.
In the T20I rankings prior to the Asia Cup, Kohli had slipped to position 33, but he came back into form in the multi-nation competition, slamming 276 runs in five games to go up to position 15 in the most recent rankings.
Interestingly, Virat Kohli is the third-best Indian player behind Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in the ICC T20 all-rounders rating.
ICC posted the ranking update in T20Is from their official Twitter handle:
The 33-year-old had a difficult 2022 thus far because his runs had not been pouring out of his bat as effortlessly as they had in the past. Kohli’s best performance came during India’s July tour of England, when he scored 20 runs.
After that, he made the decision to take a month off. He later admitted in an interview that this was the first time in his life that he went an entire month without touching a bat.
Virat immediately returned for the Asia Cup opener against Pakistan, refreshed and refuelled. He played a quick 35-run knock in the first game, followed by back-to-back fifty-plus scores against Pakistan and Hong Kong.
The Delhi-born batsman finally brought up his eagerly anticipated 71st international century, ending a nearly three-year wait, finishing off an outstanding Asia Cup tournament on a high after failing to open his account against Sri Lanka.