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Kushal rises to 61st in Twenty20 International rankings

Nepal’s Kushal Bhurtel has risen 32 places to go 61st in the ICC rankings in Twenty20 Internationals.

Kushal was placed on 93 points last week but his consistent performance during the Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series has seen him make a big leap in the latest rankings. Kushal had slammed four half centuries in five matches scoring 278 runs.

Kushal had had a successful outing as he capped a memorable tournament, his debut in Twenty20 Internationals, with a magnificent 77 against the Dutch, while setting up the team for a record victory in the format.

He had struck 62 runs in each of the first two matches against the Netherlands and Malaysia before scoring 16 and not out 61 in the next two matches of the second leg.

Team vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee, meanwhile, jumped 56 places up to go 108th. Former skipper Paras Khadka is 88th and Gyanendra Malla is 94th.

Its because of fierce opening from Kushal and Aasif Sheikh that Nepal have revived themselves as a batting unit under new coach Dave Whatmore who was appointed for the job in January.

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