Colombo - New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum and Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal have taken over as the leading batsman and bowler in the latest ICC Twenty20 player rankings.
The rankings released on Thursday incorporate the Pakistan-Australia, India-New Zealand and England-South Africa T20 series that were forerunners to the World Twenty20, which begins on Sep 18 in Sri Lanka.
McCullum’s 55-ball 91 against India in Chennai helped move him to the top of the rankings table, while David Warner‘s 59 for Australia against Pakistan in the third and final match at Dubai, which included six sixes, has seen him leap six places up the rankings to fourth.
Yuvraj Singh re-entered the rankings after his comeback to action following his battle against cancer. He comes into the rankings in the 15th spot and marked his return with 34 against New Zealand in Chennai.
The batsman losing the most ground was England’s Eoin Morgan who has fallen from the number one spot to ninth, losing eight places.
Last week, Ajmal became the number one ranked bowler in the ODI rankings, and his six wickets in the three-match series against Australia in Dubai has helped him to take the number one spot in the shortest format of the game, overtaking England’s Graeme Swann, who picked up three wickets in the three-match series against South Africa.
Meanwhile, England head into the World T20 as the number-one ranked team. England levelled the three-match series against South Africa 1-1 with a win in the third and final match to reclaim the number one spot. South Africa, now second, however trail England by just one ratings point.
Pakistan’s 2-1 series win over Australia has ensured that they retain their pre-series position of sixth, while George Bailey’s team continues to be ninth in the rankings.
India have slipped to seventh from fourth position after their loss to New Zealand in the only game possible in the two-match series, while Ross Taylor’s side is now ranked fifth.