Shamsi, Rizwan rise to career-best T20I rankings
Players from Pakistan and South Africa sizzle in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings.
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 MRF Tyres 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 MRF Tyres 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.
MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings (as of 15 February 2021):
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( - )||Dawid Malan||Eng||915!||53.43||149||915 v SA at Cape Town 2020|
|2||(+1)||Lokesh Rahul||India||816||44.05||145||854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018|
|3||(+1)||Aaron Finch||Aus||808||37.70||154||901 v Zim at Harare 2018|
|4||(-2)||Babar Azam||Pak||801||48.05||130||896 v Eng at Cardiff 2019|
|5||(+1)||Glenn Maxwell||Aus||701||33.07||158||838 v SL at Adelaide 2019|
|6||(-1)||Van der Dussen||SA||700*||38.71||744||744 v Eng at Cape Town 2020|
|7||( - )||Virat Kohli||India||697||50.48||897||897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014|
|8||( - )||Colin Munro||NZ||695||31.34||830||830 v Pak at Dubai 2018|
|9||( - )||Tim Seifert||NZ||685!||27.83||685||685 v Pak at Napier 2020|
|10||( - )||H Zazai||Afg||676*||40.71||736||736 v WI at Lucknow 2019
Other selected rankings
|17||(+7)||R Hendricks||SA||585||26.21||120||652 v SL at Johannesburg 2019|
|22||(+7)||David Miller||SA||559||31.12||140||588 v SL at Cape Town 2019|
|42||(+116)||M Rizwan||Pak||485*!||31.87||121||485 v SA at Lahore 2021|
|137=||(+13)||Haider Ali||Pak||264*||24.66||137||303 v Zim at Rawalpindi 2020|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( - )||Rashid Khan||Afg||736||12.62||6.14||816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018|
|2||(+3)||Tabraiz Shamsi||SA||733!||28.14||7.37||733 v Pak at Lahore 2021|
|3||(-1)||M Ur Rahman||Afg||730||17.72||6.15||745 v Ire at Greater Noida 2020|
|4||(-1)||Adil Rashid||Eng||700||25.8||7.52||716 v WI at St Kitts 2019|
|5||(-1)||Adam Zampa||Aus||685||21.23||6.6||720 v SL at Brisbane 2019|
|6||( - )||Ashton Agar||Aus||664||20.86||6.87||717 v Eng at Southampton 2020|
|7||( - )||Tim Southee||NZ||636||25.95||8.42||638 v Eng at Nelson 2019|
|8||( - )||Sheldon Cottrell||WI||634||21.81||7.89||648 v NZ at Auckland 2020|
|9||( - )||Mitchell Santner||NZ||628||22.03||7.49||724 v Pak at Wellington 2018|
|10||( - )||Chris Jordan||Eng||618||25.31||8.7||659 v NZ at Wellington 2019|
Other selected rankings
|11=||(+5)||Shaheen Afridi||Pak||614!||25.25||7.75||614 v SA at Lahore 2021|
|51=||(+70)||D Pretorius||SA||448*!||23.61||8.07||448 v Pak at Lahore 2021|
|64||(RE)||M Nawaz||Pak||428*||26.73||6.68||545 v Zim at Harare 2018|
|82=||(+14)||Hasan Ali||Pak||387||24.48||8.42||585 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|92=||(+129)||Usman Qadir||Pak||379*!||11.33||6.18||379 v SA at Lahore 2021|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( - )||M Nabi||Afg||294||355 v Ban at Mirpur 2019|
|2||( - )||S Al Hasan||Ban||268||409 v Pak at Mirpur 2015|
|3||( - )||Glenn Maxwell||Aus||225||368 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016|
|4||( - )||R Berrington||Sco||194||204 v Ire at Malahide 2019|
|5||( - )||Sean Williams||Zim||190||225 v Nepal at Singapore 2019|