Tabraiz Shamsi, a South African spinner has grabbed a career-best second position among bowlers in the latest ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings while batsman KL Rahul has gained a position in the T20I rankings as he reaches the second spot among batsmen.
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has raced to 42nd place after standout performances in the three-match series that Pakistan won 2-1.
Tabraiz Shamsi Was Leading Wicket-Taker In 3 Match T20I Series Against Pakistan
Tabraiz Shamsi was the leading wicket-taker in the series against Pakistan taking six wickets, which included a haul of four for 25 in the final match. It 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.
The tweaker, recently, ended as the joint highest wicket-taker in the T20I series against Pakistan that the visitors lost 1-2. Tabraiz Shamsi picked up six wickets in the three matches at an economy rate of 5.08. Visitors’ fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius also got six wickets.
In the final T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Tabraiz Shamsi picked up four wickets, though his spell came in a losing cause.
Mohammad Rizwan Was Highest Run Scorer In The T20I Series
Mohammad Rizwan too benefited from being the highest run-scorer in the series with 197 runs, which comprised knocks of 104 not out, 51 and 42 in the 3 T20Is. 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.
Mohammad Rizwan was also the 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 in the rankings, moving up 13 places to 137th position while fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi (up to 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, see him gain seven places to 22nd position in the list led by batsman Dawid Malan of England.
Pacer Dwaine Pretorius has moved up from 121st place to 51st, after being leading joint-highest wicket-taker matching compatriot spinner Tabraiz Shamsi’s six wickets in the series, which is a huge gain considering his previous best was only a 107th rank.
There is however no change of positions in the ICC Men’s Team Rankings after the conclusion of the series between Pakistan and South Africa. Pakistan has gained one point but remains in the fourth position with 260 points while South Africa have lost one point but remain fifth with 251 points.
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