Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill make massive gains in ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings

Pandya's performances in the recent T20I series against New Zealand helped him make a move in batters, bowlers and all-rounders rankings.

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Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill
Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter/BCCi)

India opener Shubman Gill has shot up to a career-best 30th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after smashing a match-winning century against New Zealand in the third and final ODI in Ahmedabad.

Gill’s 126 not out off 63 balls that contributed to India’s huge 168-run victory and helped seal the series 2-1, lifted him an incredible 168 slots. Gill, who has now slammed centuries in all three formats of the game, is ranked sixth in ODIs and 62nd in Tests.

Left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, Gill’s team-mate in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup-winning squad of 2018, is another one to move up the rankings, gaining eight slots to reach a career-best 13th position after finishing with two for 16 in Ahmedabad.

Hardik Pandya's all-round performance does wonders in his rankings

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who grabbed four for 16 and smashed a 17-ball 30, has progressed in all three lists. He has moved up from 53rd to 50th among batters, 66th to 46th among bowlers and is in second place among all-rounders, only a couple of rating points behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hassan.

Daryl Mitchell, who top-scored for New Zealand with 35 in their total of 66, has gained four spots and is in joint-25th position in the latest weekly update that considers performance in the Ahmedabad match for T20Is and the final match of the South Africa-England series for the ODI rankings.

England captain Jos Buttler’s match-winning 131 in Kimberley has helped him progress six places to 20th position while South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has advanced five places to reach 19th position after finishing with four for 62 in the high-scoring match.

Dawid Malan (up 31 places to 58th among batters) and fast bowler Jofra Archer (up 13 places to 22nd among bowlers) are other England players to move up in the ODI rankings. South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen is up 11 places to 42nd among batters.

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