Shaheen Afridi breaks into the top 10 in latest ICC T20I rankings

Shaheen Afridi breaks into the top 10 in latest ICC T20I rankings

Babar Azam maintains his top position in the latest rankings.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

In the latest weekly update of the ICC Men’s Player Rankings, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has climbed four spots and has cemented the no. 10 position in the bowlers rankings. In the recent one-off T20I fixture against Australia, he finished with figures of 2/21 off four overs. Earlier this year, he was awarded ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2021 as well.

Over the last couple of years, the Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has been a consistent wicket-taker across all the formats of the game. His most special performance came in T20 World Cup 2021 when he rocked the top-order of the Indian team and finished with figures of 3/31 off four overs to secure a victory for the team. In the last week, he moved eight places up to bag the seventh position in the ODI rankings.

Babar Azam continues to be at top of the T20I rankings

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has maintained his top position in the latest ICC T20I rankings due to his impressive form. In his last T20I appearance against Australia, Babar amassed 66 off 46 balls, which unfortunately came in a losing cause. He is the no.1 batter in the ODI rankings as well and garnered a total of 276 runs in three matches against Australia in the ODI series.

The Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, the leading run-scorer with 298 runs in the series against Australia had gained seven spots to bag the no.3 position in the ODI rankings last week. The ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Year 2021, Mohammad Rizwan dropped to no. 3 in the T20I rankings.

Nepal all-rounder Dipendra Singh Airee was named Player of the series in the recently completed Tri-series involving PNG and Malaysia. He rose 13 spots to no.38 for batters, 47 spots to no.135 for bowlers, and climbed 10 spots to no.10 in the T20I all-rounder’s rankings. Namibia’s JJ Smit marked his presence in the top five T20I all-rounders with his performance of 71 off 35 balls, and figures of 6/1, including a hat-trick in one of the three fixtures against Uganda in the recent bilateral series.

The South African spinner Keshav Maharaj, who bagged the Player of the Match and Player of the series award in the final Test match of the series against Bangladesh climbed to 21st position in bowlers and 13th in all-rounders of the latest Test rankings.

Here are the latest T20I rankings:

Top 10 batters

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Babar Azam Pakistan 818
2 Aiden Markram South Africa 796
3 Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 794
4 Dawid Malan England 728
5 Devon Conway New Zealand 703
6 Aaron Finch Australia 692
7 Martin Guptill New Zealand 669
8 Quinton de Kock South Africa 658
9 Pathum Nissanka Sri Lanka 654
10 KL Rahul India 646

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 T Shamsi South Africa 784
2 Adil Rashid England 746
3 Josh Hazlewood Australia 737
4 Adam Zampa Australia 719
5 Rashid Khan Afghanistan 714
6 Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 687
6 Anrich Nortje South Africa 655
8 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Afghanistan 654
9 Nasum Ahmed Bangladesh 637
10 Shaheen Afridi Pakistan 634

Top 5 All-Rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan 276
1 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 232
3 Moeen Ali England 205
4 JJ Smit Namibia 177
5 Liam Livingstone England 171