Washington Sundar jumps up ICC T20I rankings following India vs Australia series

Jordan Carlisle December 9, 2020
Washington Sundar jumps up ICC T20I rankings following India vs Australia series
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Washington Sundar has jumped up the ICC T20I bowling rankings following his strong performances in the recent series against Australia.

Sundar is still relatively inexperienced at international level, playing just a solitary ODI and 26 T20Is to date.

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However, the 21-year-old has made quite an impression already.

The off-spinner has taken 21 wickets in T20I cricket at an average of 29.14, with an economy rate of less than 7.

He played in all three of India’s recent matches against Australia and he caused the home batsmen plenty of problems in high-scoring affairs in Canberra and Sydney, as the tourists triumphed 2-1.

Sundar only went for one boundary from his four overs in the first match, bowling a remarkable 13 dot balls as he conceded just 16 runs.

He was more expensive in the second game, but bounced back in the final match, removing both Aaron Finch and Steve Smith on his way to figures of 2/34.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 08: Washington Sundar of India celebrates dismissing Aaron Finch of Australia with captain Virat Kohli of India during game three of the Twenty20 International series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on December 08, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

As a result of his strong performances, Sundar has jumped up ten places in the ICC Rankings.

The spinner is now ranked 11th in the world in the shortest format of the game, higher than any other India player.

Jasprit Bumrah is next in 17th, while Yuzvendra Chahal (23) and Deepak Chahar (25) are both inside the top 30.

It’s an impressive achievement for Washington Sundar to reach such a high ranking so early in his international career, and he’ll hope to continue climbing over the coming years.

With 614 points, he’s still some way off top spot, which is currently occupied by Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (736).

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Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.