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Afghanistan’s Shahzad and Dawlat break into the top 10 of ICC T20I Player Rankings

Shahzad moved up 12 places to make his way into the top ten

Mohammad Shahzad T20I Afghanistan
The Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman vaulted into the top ten of the T20I Batsmen Rankings

There has been plenty of movement in the ICC T20I Player Rankings following the conclusion of the New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Afghanistan-Zimbabwe series.

The biggest movers in the latest rankings are Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper/batsman Mohammad Shahzad and fast bowler Dawlat Zadran. The two players have broken into the top 10 of the ICC T20I Player Rankings. For Shahzad, it’s the first time in his career.

The opening batsman has jumped 12 places to the eighth position after scoring 151 runs in two matches against Zimbabwe, including a 67-ball 118 not out in the second match. This is the highest T20I score ever by a batsman from an Associate Member and fourth overall.

Dawlat has squeezed his way into the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, for a career-best eighth spot. This after Zadran took five wickets in the series, the highest by any bowler from either team, which has helped him move him up by six places. The medium-pace bowler bettering his previous best ranking of 10th achieved last year in Zimbabwe after a similar 2-0 series victory over the hosts.

Mohammad Nabi and Hamza Hotak have also benefitted from the series. Nabi has moved up five places to 20th while Hamza has vaulted 43 places to 38th position.

There is some good news for Zimbabwe as well, whose Graeme Cremer has achieved a career-high ranking of 14th. Cremer has gained six places after taking four wickets against Afghanistan.

Over in New Zealand, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have stolen top honours.

Guptill, who broke his side’s record for fastest T20I half-century in the second match, has risen five places to fifth, while Munro, who improved Guptill’s record a few overs later in the same match has gained 28 places and is now in 66th spot.

Other batsmen to improve their rankings include Kane Williamson in 11th (up by three places), Angelo Mathews in 30th (up by eight places) and Ross Taylor in 41st (up by two places).

The batsmen’s list is headed by Australia’s Aaron Finch, followed by Virat Kohli of India and England’s Alex Hales.

The New Zealand bowlers to move up the order included Adam Milne, who has climbed four places to 36th in the latest rankings.

Samuel Badree of the West Indies is the number-one ranked bowler but India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has benefitted from Sachithra Senanayake and the injured Lasith Malinga’s slide to move into the second position.

In the ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders, Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best fifth position. The list is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

Below are the ranking tables:

RankingBatsmanCountryPoints
1Aaron FinchAustralia854
2Virat KohliIndia845
3Alex HalesEngland795
4Faf du PlessisSouth Africa758
5Chris GayleWest Indies703
6Martin GuptillNew Zealand703
7Brendon McCullumNew Zealand684
8Mohammad ShahzadAfghanistan681
9Kusal PereraSri Lanka678
10Eoin MorganEngland665
RankingBowlerCountryPoints
1Samuel BadreeWest Indies751
2Ravichandran AshwinIndia681
3Sachitra SenanayakeSri Lanka671
4Shahid AfridiPakistan670
5Mitchell StarcAustralia659
6Lasith MalingaSri Lanka657
7Imran TahirSouth Africa641
8Dawlat ZadranAfghanistan636
9Nuwan KulasekaraSri Lanka628
10Shakib Al HasanBangladesh626
RankingsAll-rounderCountryPoints
1Shakib Al HasanBangladesh362
2Shahid AfridiPakistan330
3Shane WatsonAustralia304
4Mohammad HafeezPakistan303
5Angelo MathewsSri Lanka289
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