Shaheen Afridi soars three spots in latest ICC T20I rankings

Among top T20 batters, Rizwan and Babar maintain ranking while Imad jumps four places in all-rounders

By Sports Desk
May 29, 2024
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi celebrates taking a wicket in a T20 World Cup match in this undated photo. — AFP

After a brief break following a serious injury in the T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan’s left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi has resumed his journey as a successful pacer as he recently improved three places in the latest T20 player rankings.

Shaheen has improved three places and is now ranked as the 12th-best T20 bowler in the world with a rating of 631, according to the latest ranking issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Shaheen Shah Afridi (C) lies on the ground as he receives treatment after injury during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2022 final, England vs Pakistan, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), November 13, 2022. — AFP

The list is topped by England's Adil Rashid followed by Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga and India's Axar Patel in second and third places, respectively.

No other Pakistani bowler has made it to the top 20 T20 bowlers as Haris Rauf is ranked 25 with a rating of 574.

The list also includes Afghanistan's Rashid Khan who is ranked seventh after jumping two places.

However, in terms of top T20 batters, Pakistan's wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam are in third and fourth places with a rating of 769 and 761, respectively.

Meanwhile, India's Suryakumar Yadav is ranked as the number one T20 batter followed by England's Phil Salt in second place.

England's captain Jos Buttler is ranked seventh in the T20 batters list after moving up one place.

The all-rounder category is topped by Sri Lanka's Hasaranga with a rating of 228 followed by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan who fell one place and is ranked second.

Pakistan's Imad Wasim has jumped four places to be ranked as the joint 12th-best T20 all-rounder along with teammate Sahadab Khan who has dropped one spot.