Virat Kohli, the former captain of India, has significantly improved in the most recent T20I rankings update by the International Cricket Council (ICC), thanks to his outstanding efforts in the just-completed Asia Cup. In addition to scoring his maiden T20I century, which was also his first international century in almost three years, Kohli finished the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer overall. Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, has dropped to the third position, while South African Aiden Markram has taken his place at the top.

“(Kohli) moved a total of 14 ranks top 15th overall on the T20I batter rankings owing to his efforts,” the ICC stated in its statement on Wednesday. Kohli dropped out of the top 10 due to his terrible performance in T20 cricket over the last three years. But after a string of gradually increasing performances that culminated in an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls in India’s last Super 4 match against Afghanistan, he seemed nearly as good as he did at his best at the Asia Cup.

As the opener, Kohli was required to play the whole innings. He broke the mark for a batter from his nation in a T20I formerly held by India skipper Rohit Sharma.

With the century, Kohli’s tournament total of 276 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 147.59 came to an end. When the final, which his side lost to Sri Lanka, rolled around, Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan came up with and overtook him. At the time, he was well ahead of the trailing group.

In the rankings, Rizwan maintains his lead but Babar, his captain, drops a position after a disappointing performance in the Asia Cup. With a strike rate of 107.93 in six innings, the opening only managed to score a pitiful 68 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka, who together with Bhanuka Rajapaksa was a key player in the team’s victory in the final, has moved up three spaces to sixth place among bowlers and seven slots to fourth place among all-rounders as a result of being named Player of the Tournament. Rajapaksa moved up 34 places, landing in the 34th position.