Credited for his good run in the recently-concluded T20I tri-series, Australia opener Aaron Finch has registered another record against his name. The burly Australian becomes the first player in the history of Twenty20 Internationals to break the 900-point mark. He had a remarkable run in the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68*, 172 (world record in T20I format),16, 3 and 47.
Finch had started the T20Is in the fourth position on 763 points and a tour aggregate of 391 runs not only helped him leapfrog the likes of Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glen Maxwell but also earned him 128 points.
On the basis of the good run with the bat in the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe, the 31-year old also jumped three places to finish as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game.
Other big gainers in the latest T20I rankings are – Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman, who vaults 44 places to take the second spot in latest player rankings. The stylish left-hander slammed a career-best 91 in just 46 balls in the tri-series, his blitz helping Pakistan cross Australia’s 183/8 with four balls in hand. He has now become Pakistan’s highest-ranked batsman after Babar Azam slipped from first to fifth due to his absence because of an injury.
Whereas, top-order batsman KL Rahul has moved up nine places to achieve a career-high third position. He is now India’s highest-ranked in the newly-rolled out ICC T20I rankings. Rahul had led India to victory in the first game of the three-match series against England with an unbeaten 101. However, he failed to carry on his form in the next two matches but because of his match-winning ton he was up by nine spots since the last update at 812 points.
Bowlers Andrew Tye, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Billy Stanlake break into the top-20 after achieving career-high rankings
Australia and nine highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 31 December 2018 will qualify directly for the ICC Men’s World T20 2020.
The newly-appointed captain Finch led Australia to the final, had touched the 900-point mark following his record-breaking knock of 172 (76b, 10×6, 16×4) against Zimbabwe in Harare on 3 July.
In the latest player rankings, which also takes into account India’s 2-0 and 2-1 series win against Ireland and England, respectively, Finch leads Pakistan’s left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman by 45 points.
England openers – Jason Roy and Jos Buttler reached career-best positions despite the hosts losing the T20I series to India. Australia’s D’Arcy Short and Zimbabwe’s Solomon Mire have also achieved career-best rankings following the latest update.
Short has broken into the top-10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places. Roy has gained 19 places and is now in 15th spot, while Mire has rocketed 202 places to claim 25th position – seven places behind Hamilton Masakadza.
In the bowlers rankings, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan have retained the top two positions, but there have been a number of movements down the order with Australia’s Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake, and England’s trio of Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey achieving career-high rankings.
Tye has risen 41 places to seventh in the latest rankings after taking 12 wickets in Harare, Rashid has claimed ninth position after moving up four places. Plunkett has gained 14 places and is now in 11th spot, Willey has risen 12 places to 15th and Stanlake’s seven wickets have given him a leap of 60 places that has put him in 19th position.
Other bowlers to head in the right direction include Mohammad Amir (12th, up by six places), Hardik Pandya (29th, up by five places), Mohammad Nawaz (32nd, up by nine places), Faheem Ashraf (33rd, up by 21 places), Kuldeep Yadav (34th, up by 41 places) and Ashton Agar (45th, up by 39 places).
There is no change in the top three all-rounders, with Maxwell leading the field. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi is second, while Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is third.
Meanwhile, in the ICC T20I Team Rankings, Pakistan have retained the top position with their tri-series victory while India have overtaken Australia to take second place after clinching their three-match series against England 2-1. The top three sides are now separated by 10 points, while three points separate fourth-ranked England and seventh-ranked West Indies.