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Evin Lewis climbs into the top five in ICC T20I rankings

Windies won the three-match T20I series by 2-1.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Windies bowlers Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell and Fabian Allen too make big gains following the three-match series between the Caribbean side and Bangladesh. Windies opener Lewis, who blitzed his way to a match-winning 89 in the series decider, jumped 11 places to No.4 in the latest update to the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings for batsmen on Sunday, 23 December.

While Lewis’ effort helped Windies post an imposing total, it was Keemo Paul’s devastating spell that sealed the deal for Windies, as he inspired a Bangladesh collapse, taking 5/15 in his four overs. Paul had also done well in the first game with 2/23, and was rewarded with a 42-place jump to No.30 in the bowlers’ chart. His cameos with the bat gave him a 34-place boost on that chart too.

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Batsman Shai Hope too was rewarded for his consistent efforts through the three games, including a fifty in the first game, earning a massive 82-place leap to No.82. The other Windies batsmen making gains were Nicholas Pooran (16 places to No.88) and Rovman Powell (26 places to No.110).

Windies bowlers also gain

As for the bowlers, Cottrell and Allen made a huge upward movement. Cottrell, who finished the series with seven scalps, jumped 64 places to No.88, and Allen moved up 86 places to No.99. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite became the top-ranked Windies bowler with an eight-place leap to No.22, finishing one above Samuel Badree, the Windies leg-spinner.

Bangladesh too had reason to smile, skipper Shakib Al Hasan making noteworthy gains in all three tables. He climbed one place to the second spot in the all-rounder’s column, three spots to No.7 in the bowler’s one, and seven spots to No.37 in the batting chart. His overall rankings gain reflected his Player of the Series performance.

Close on Shakib’s trail was teammate Mahmudullah, who rose one spot to No.4 in the all-rounder’s chart. He also rose 17 places in the bowling chart to No.51, and two places to No.31 with the bat. The other big positive for Bangladesh was the rise of Liton Das, who climbed 26 places to No.47 after two fantastic knocks.

The worrying aspect for Bangladesh was that Tamim Iqbal slipped two places to No.41, while Mushfiqur Rahim slipped five places to 52nd place. The stalwarts not getting runs dented Bangladesh’s chances in the series. In the bowling side of things, Mustafizur Rahman’s lacklustre performances were reflected by a two-place drop to 24th.

Here are the detailed rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Country Points
1  Pakistan 138
2  India 126
3  England 118
4  Australia 117
5  South Africa 114
6  New Zealand 112
7  West Indies 100
8  Afghanistan 92
9  Sri Lanka 87
10  Bangladesh 78

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Babar Azam PAK 858
2 C. Munro NZ 815
3 A.J. Finch AUS 806
4 E. Lewis WI 751
5 Fakhar Zaman PAK 749
6 G.J. Maxwell AUS 745
7 K.L. Rahul IND 719
8 M.J. Guptill NZ 703
9 A.D. Hales ENG 697
10 R.G. Sharma IND 689

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Rashid Khan AFG 793
2 Shadab Khan PAK 752
3 Kuldeep Yadav IND 714
4 A.U. Rashid ENG 676
5 A. Zampa AUS 670
6 I.S. Sodhi NZ 668
7 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 658
8 Faheem Ashraf PAK 652
9 Imad Wasim PAK 651
10 Imran Tahir SA 640

Top 10 all-rounders

Rank Name Country Rating
1 G.J. Maxwell AUS 362
2 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 339
3 Mohammad Nabi AFG 314
4 Mahmudullah BAN 241
5 J.P. Duminy SA 217
6 N.L.T.C. Perera SL 213
7 P.R. Stirling IRE 208
8 R.D. Berrington SCO 203
9 S.C. Williams ZIM 198
10 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 193

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