Rashid Khan reclaims top spot in ICC T20I bowling rankings after strong show against Pakistan

Rashid claimed a wicket each in the three T20Is against Pakistan at Sharjah.

Rashid Khan | TwitterAfghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has reclaimed the top position in the ICC Men’s T20I rankings for bowlers after leading his side to a 2-1 series victory over Pakistan at Sharjah.

Rashid, who picked a wicket each in the three T20Is conceding a total of 62 runs off his 12 overs, has surpassed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga to take the summit spot.

Mujeeb Ur Rehman, who returned with a couple of scalps each in the first and third games, is another Afghanistan spinner to move up, from 10th to eighth position, while pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi’s five wickets in the series saw him leapfrog 12 slots to a career-best third position.

In the batting rankings, Ibrahim Zadran has moved up four places to 41st and Mohammad Nabi has advanced from 63rd to 58th position.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim, who played an unbeaten knock of 64 in the second T20I, has re-entered the batting rankings in 67th position while stand-in skipper Shadab Khan’s Player of the Match effort of three for 13 in the third match has lifted him six places to 12th among bowlers.

The updated T20I rankings also took into account the just-concluded T20I series between South Africa and West Indies.

Proteas batters Rilee Rossouw (up two places to sixth) and Reeza Hendricks (up eight places to 12th) have made gains in the rankings while West Indies’ Johnston Charles has made giant strides of 92 places to 17th after smashing 118 off 46 in the second match in Centurion.

In the latest ODI rankings, Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa has gained three places to a career-best sixth position after his match-winning haul of four for 45 in the third game against India at Chepauk while Player of the Series Mitchell Marsh has improved fours slots to reach 51st position among batters with an aggregate of 194 runs in the series.

India skipper Rohit Sharma has inched up one place to eighth and all-rounder Hardik Pandya is up 10 places to 76th among bowlers in the latest update that takes into consideration performances in the Chennai ODI, the last two Zimbabwe versus Netherlands matches, the third Bangladesh versus Ireland match and the first three matches of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off in Windhoek, Namibia.

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal (up two places to 20th), Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus (up two places to 36th) and USA player Aaron Jones (up three places to 49th) are among those to make progress in the batting rankings while Namibia spinner Bernard Scholtz (up two places to 25th), USA left-arm seam bowler Saurabh Netravalkar (up five places to 27th) and Zimbabwe fast bowler Blessing Muzarbani (up five places to 54th) are among those to advance in the bowling rankings.

(With ICC Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 29 Mar, 2023

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