India batsman retains top position as English stars make big gains in latest T20I rankings

India’s middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav retained his position at the top of the MRF Tires ICC men’s T20I batting rankings, while several England stars made significant gains after their T20 World Cup victory.

Suryakumar became the No. 1 T20I batsman after an excellent performance in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where he crushed three fifty in just five innings.

That performance helped him post a career-high 869 points. Although his rating dropped to 859 after his 14-for-14 dismissal in the semi-final against England, his standing has remained intact as other batsmen in his vicinity failed to produce flashy performances.

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The 32-year-old racked up 239 runs during the World Cup with an outstanding average and strike rate of 59.75 and 189.68 respectively, also finishing as the third-highest run-scorer at the event.

Alex Hales, who crushed an unbeaten 86 in 47 deliveries in the semi-final against India, was also seen making a big jump up the rankings by climbing 22 places to No. 12. Hales finished as England’s second-highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup, with 212 runs at an average of 42.40.

Hales has been in excellent form since his return to the England squad earlier this year. He racked up 430 T20I runs in 2022, with an excellent average of 30.71 and an equally good strike rate of 145.27.

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Other hitters who have progressed into the top 10 include Babar Azam and Rilee Rossouw. The Pakistan captain scored fifty points in the semi-final win against New Zealand, earning a place to move up to number 3. South African batsman Rossouw also jumped to seventh after New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips dropped to eighth. Rossouw had scored a magnificent century against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup.

Other top-five hitters besides Suryakumar and Babar include Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway and Aiden Markram. Both Rizwan and Markram managed to retain their second and fifth positions respectively, while Conway dropped to fourth after losing his third position in the standings to Babar.

On the bowling charts, Adil Rashid has been the biggest winner after his extraordinary performances in the semi-final against India and the final against Pakistan. Rashid posted figures of 1/20 and 2/22 in the two matches respectively, gaining five places to move up to No. 3.

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His compatriot Sam Curran also gains two places to move to No. 5, following a 3/12 Man of the Match performance in the final against Pakistan. Wanindu Hasaranga remains the highest ranked bowler, followed by Rashid Khan.

In the general classification, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Hardik Pandya continue to occupy the top three places.

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