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April 13, 2021

Shamsi, Rizwan rise to career-best T20I rankings

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South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has grabbed a career-best second position among bowlers while Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has raced to 42nd place in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after standout performances in the three-match series that Pakistan won 2-1.

Shamsi’s series-topping six wickets, which included a haul of four for 25 in the final match, helped the left-arm wrist-spinner overtake Australia’s Adam Zampa, England’s Adil Rashid and Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman to within three points of top-ranked Rashid Khan of Afghanistan.

Rizwan too benefited from heading the run-aggregate in the series with 197 runs, which comprised knocks of 104 not out, 51 and 42.

The string of impressive scores won him the player of the series award and lifted him a whopping 116 slots to a career-best 42nd position. Rizwan was also player of the series in a preceding two-match Test series, which resulted in a career-best ranking for him in that format.

Haider Ali is another Pakistan batsman to advance, moving up 13 places to 137th position while fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi (up five places to 11th) and Hasan Ali (up 14 places to 82nd), and spinners Mohammad Nawaz (re-entered at 64th) and Usman Qadir (up 129 places to 92nd) are the bowlers to progress.

For South Africa, Reeza Hendricks’s 98 runs in the series have lifted him seven places to 17th and David Miller’s 116 runs, which included a 45-ball 85 not out in the second match, sees him gain seven places to 22nd position in the list led by Dawid Malan of England. 

Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius has moved up from 121st place to 51st, after matching compatriot Shamsi’s six wickets in the series, a huge gain considering his previous best was only a 107th rank. 

There is no change of positions in the ICC Men’s Team Rankings after the series. Pakistan have gained one point but remain in fourth position with 260 points while South Africa have lost one point but remain fifth with 251 points.

ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 15 February 2021):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeS/RHighest Rating
1( – )Dawid MalanEng915!53.43149915 v SA at Cape Town 2020
2(+1)Lokesh RahulIndia81644.05145854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018
3(+1)Aaron FinchAus80837.70154901 v Zim at Harare 2018
4(-2)Babar AzamPak80148.05130896 v Eng at Cardiff 2019
5(+1)Glenn MaxwellAus70133.07158838 v SL at Adelaide 2019
6(-1)Van der DussenSA700*38.71744744 v Eng at Cape Town 2020
7( – )Virat KohliIndia69750.48897897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
8( – )Colin MunroNZ69531.34830830 v Pak at Dubai 2018
9( – )Tim SeifertNZ685!27.83685685 v Pak at Napier 2020
10( – )H ZazaiAfg676*40.71736736 v WI at Lucknow 2019


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeS/RHighest Rating
17(+7)R HendricksSA58526.21120652 v SL at Johannesburg 2019
22(+7)David MillerSA55931.12140588 v SL at Cape Town 2019
42(+116)M RizwanPak485*!31.87121485 v SA at Lahore 2021
137=(+13)Haider AliPak264*24.66137303 v Zim at Rawalpindi 2020


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeEcoHighest Rating
1( – )Rashid KhanAfg73612.626.14816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018
2(+3)Tabraiz ShamsiSA733!28.147.37733 v Pak at Lahore 2021
3(-1)M Ur RahmanAfg73017.726.15745 v Ire at Greater Noida 2020
4(-1)Adil RashidEng70025.87.52716 v WI at St Kitts 2019
5(-1)Adam ZampaAus68521.236.6720 v SL at Brisbane 2019
6( – )Ashton AgarAus66420.866.87717 v Eng at Southampton 2020
7( – )Tim SoutheeNZ63625.958.42638 v Eng at Nelson 2019
8( – )Sheldon CottrellWI63421.817.89648 v NZ at Auckland 2020
9( – )Mitchell SantnerNZ62822.037.49724 v Pak at Wellington 2018
10( – )Chris JordanEng61825.318.7659 v NZ at Wellington 2019


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeS/RHighest Rating
11=(+5)Shaheen AfridiPak614!25.257.75614 v SA at Lahore 2021
51=(+70)D PretoriusSA448*!23.618.07448 v Pak at Lahore 2021
64(RE)M NawazPak428*26.736.68545 v Zim at Harare 2018
82=(+14)Hasan AliPak38724.488.42585 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
92=(+129)Usman QadirPak379*!11.336.18379 v SA at Lahore 2021


All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( – )M NabiAfg294355 v Ban at Mirpur 2019
2( – )S Al HasanBan268409 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
3( – )Glenn MaxwellAus225368 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016
4( – )R BerringtonSco194204 v Ire at Malahide 2019
5( – )Sean WilliamsZim190225 v Nepal at Singapore 2019
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