Former India captain Virat Kohli has made major gains in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) latest update of the T20I rankings after his stellar performances in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Kohli ended the tournament as the second highest run scorer and also scored his first T20I century, which was also his first international century in nearly three years. Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has gone down a spot to third, with South Africa's Aiden Markram replacing him at second place.
“(Kohli) improved a total of 14 spots to 15th overall on the T20I batter rankings due to his efforts,” the ICC said in its statement. Kohli's horrendous run in the T20 cricket over the last three years had seen him fall out of the top 10. However, he looked almost as good as he did at his peak during the Asia Cup, with his steadily improving performances culminating in an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls in India's last Super 4 game against Afghanistan.