Following Pakistan’s series triumph, Afghanistan will soar in the rankings

Some of Afghanistan’s most prominent players have benefited from the country’s historic triumph in the Twenty20 International series against Pakistan. For example, two of Afghanistan’s spinners have significantly improved on the most recent MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

It was the first time Afghanistan had beaten Pakistan in a bilateral Twenty20 International series. The primary beneficiary of this victory was star spinner Rashid Khan, who overtook Sri Lankan tweaker Wanindu Hasaranga to regain his position as the highest-ranked Twenty20 International bowler in the world.

Rashid, now 24 years old, has been an extremely consistent performer in the shortest version since he first claimed the top billing as the No. 1 ranked T20I bowler in 2018. Rashid has been the dominant bowler in the Twenty20 International competition since 2018.

The right arm took a wicket in the three matches against Pakistan in Sharjah. His economic performance during Afghanistan’s victories in the series’ first two games was particularly noteworthy.

Fazalhaq Farooqi, who plays for Rashid’s side, was the most impressive pace bowler throughout the series. He took a total of five wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 4.75, and as a result, the left arm moved up an eye-popping 12 places to third place overall on the most recent rankings update.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, a spinner, rounds out the talented triumvirate by placing eighth after he took four wickets for the series against Pakistan.

While regular Pakistan captain Babar Azam was rested for the series, which resulted in him falling one place to fourth on the T20I batter rankings, stand-in skipper Shadab Khan impressed, and he was appropriately rewarded on the most recent rankings update.

Mohammad Wasim, Shadab’s teammate, climbed nine places in the rankings for bowlers to end up in 23rd place, while Shadab moved up eight positions to take the fourth spot on the all-rounder list for T20I matches. Shadab also moved up six positions to finish altogether in 12th place on the list for bowers.

As a result of the West Indies’ victory over South Africa in the series, some of their players climbed higher on the T20 International rankings list.

In a high-scoring and entertaining series, the South African pair of Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks made excellent progress on the Twenty20 International rankings for batters. Rossouw moved up two places to sixth, and Hendricks moved up eight places to 12th.

This week there was some activity on the ODI charts as well, following the conclusion of Australia’s series away from home in India and Zimbabwe’s series with the Netherlands. Both of these series had been in progress for the previous week.

Spinner Adam Zampa of Australia moved up three spots to sixth overall on the ranking for one-day international (ODI) bowlers. In contrast, all-rounder Sikandar Raza, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s national team, moved up one position to fifth.

While India opener Shubman Gill reached a new career-high rating of 738 points and moved up to fifth place on the list for ODI batters, India captain Rohit Sharma moved up one slot to eighth overall in the same category after moving up one position.

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