Tabraiz Shamsi jumps to career-best second in T20I bowling rankings


Mohammad Rizwan, the leading run-scorer, jumped 116 places to 42nd in the batting list

South Africa’s left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi has risen to a career-best second position in the ICC T20I rankings for bowlers, following his four-wicket haul against Pakistan in Lahore. Shamsi was the joint leading wicket-taker in the three-match series, picking up six scalps at an average of 10.16 and an economy rate of 5.08. In the final match, he took 4 for 25 to spin South Africa to a four-wicket victory, allowing him to overtake Adam Zampa, Adil Rashid and Mujeeb ur Rahman on the list. Shamsi is now just three points behind Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who occupies top spot.

For Pakistan, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan was the biggest mover, jumping up 116 slots to 42nd position in the T20I batting list. Rizwan was the leading run-scorer in the series, having hit 104*, 51 and 42 in the three matches. Rizwan had also been named the Player of the Series in the recently concluded Tests.

The other Pakistan players to get a boost were Haider Ali (137th), Shaheen Afridi (11th), Hasan Ali (82nd), Mohammad Nawaz (64th) and Usman Qadir (92nd).

Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius, who shared the wicket-taking honours with Shamsi, also made a significant climb in the rankings, moving from 121st to 51st on the list; his previous best ranking was 107th. Reeza Hendricks’ 98 runs in the series lifted him to 17th in the rankings, while David Miller, who smashed an unbeaten 85 in the second match, gained seven places to take the 22nd position. England’s Dawid Malan is still the top-ranked batsman in the T20I list.

There was no change in the ICC team rankings. Pakistan, despite winning the series 2-1, remained in fourth position with 260 points, while South Africa stayed at fifth with 259.

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