The series against Pakistan presented Mitchell Santner the grand accolade of becoming the Number 1 T20 International bowler replacing Ish Sodhi, his counterpart, in the same team. Santner had a four-wicket haul in the recently concluded series. In the Wellington T20, he took two wickets for 15 runs and in the last match at Mount Maunganui, the bowler nicked 2 wickets for 24 runs.
In the current ranking for the shortest format Rashid Khan is placed next to Santner with a difference of just a single point. While Ish Sodhi is on third. Earlier, three New Zealand bowlers secured the top bowling spot in ICC T20 ranking including Sodhi. Mitchell Santner is the fourth New Zealand bowler to reach the Number 1 spot in T20I.
While, ICC ranking got New Zealand bowler on spot, it hauled Pakistan batsman to the top rank. Babar Azam, the Pakistan batsman became the Number 1 batsman in T20 format. In the recently concluded series against New Zealand, Azam scored 109 runs batting three innings. His strike-rate was 125.28 attaining an average of 54.50. The batsman displaced Colin Munro as the top batsman in ICC charts. Munro is now fourth in the chart after an average performance in the recent match. He scored 50 runs batting two innings. Following Azam are Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli on second and third ranks respectively.
On all-rounder’s list Shakib Al Hasan is still on top across all formats of the game. Next on the chart is Glenn Maxwell. In the latest ICC rankings, Australia Captain Steven Smith is at the top of Test batsmen rank, followed by India Captain Virat Kohli in the next. Joe Root, England captain is on third rank. In Test bowler ranking, James Anderson, Kagiso Rabada and Ravindra Jadeja are at first, second and third on the list.
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