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Shamsi, Rizwan rise to career-best T20I rankings

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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)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/R Highest Rating
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

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/R Highest Rating
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)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco Highest Rating
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

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/R Highest Rating
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)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
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