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Kohli crowned new No.1 batsman

Indian star usurps Aaron Finch in top spot in T20 rankings while Shane Watson makes big gain

India's Virat Kohli has been rewarded for his stunning form in the KFC INTL series against Australia, claiming top spot in the International Cricket Council's latest T20 batting rankings.

Kohli hit scores of 90 not out, 59 not out and 50 in the three-match series to gain 47 ratings points and move ahead of Australia's Aaron Finch in top spot.

Finch gained 14 points himself thanks to scores of 44 and 74 in Adelaide and Melbourne, but his hamstring injury in game two ruled him out of the final match of the series at the SCG on Sunday.

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The man who stood in as captain for Finch in Sydney, allrounder Shane Watson, moved up five places to No.12 after his record-breaking century at the top of the order.

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India's Suresh Raina moved up three places to 13th after his impressive series, while opener Rohit Sharma also moved up four places to 16th.

David Warner, who scored 17 in the opening match before heading to New Zealand for the one-day international series against the Black Caps, dropped six spots to 18th.

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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned by the ICC due to an illegal bowling action, retained top spot in the bowling rankings ahead of fellow Windies slow bowler Samuel Badree.

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The latest rankings also confirmed India's ascension to No.1 in the world, while Australia have plummeted to eighth spot following the 3-0 series defeat.

The new rankings come as all nations fine-tune their preparation for the World T20 in India in March and April, the sixth version of the Twenty20 international showpiece event.

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