Rizwan attains career-best T20I rankings, Babar drops down to fourth


Karachi: Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan grabbed a career-best 42nd place in the ICC Men’s T20I Batsmen Rankings.

The 28-year-old Rizwan led the batting charts in Pakistan South Africa T20I series at Gaddafi Stadium as he scored 197 runs with knocks of 104 not out, 51 and 42.

He was previously placed at 158th spot and the player of the series award rewarded him whopping 116 slots to a career-best 42nd position.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is now ranked second in the bowlers’ rankings. The left-arm wrist-spinner overtakes Australia’s Adam Zampa, England’s Adil Rashid and Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman after bagging six wickets in three Pakistan T20Is.

On the other hand, Haider Ali has moved 137th spot while fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi (up five places to 11th) and Hasan Ali (up 14 places to 82nd), and spinners Mohammad Nawaz (re-entered at 64th) and Usman Qadir (up 129 places to 92nd) are the bowlers to progress.

For South Africa, Reeza Hendricks’s 98 runs in the series have lifted him seven places to 17th and David Miller’s 116 runs, which included a 45-ball 85 not out in the second match, sees him gain seven places to 22nd position in the list led by Dawid Malan of England.

Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam has lost his second spot and has been dropped to fourth spot in the rankings.

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