After the completion of the England Pakistan T20I series, several players of both teams have made tremendous gains in the T20I rankings. The International Cricket Council (ICC) today revealed the new updated T20I rankings. The standout batsmen in the T20I series were undoubtedly Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and England’s Tom Banton.
Before the series, the 39-year-old Hafeez had a target on his back as pressure was mounting on his from all quarters. However, Hafeez silenced his critics in style as he not only won the player of the match in the final T20I but also received the player of the series award. As a result after scoring 155 runs in the series, he jumped up from 68th to 44th spot in the ICC T20I rankings.
Whereas the young English opener Tom Banton scored the second-most runs in the series after Hafeez. Banton’s tally of 137 runs including a knock of 71 in the washed-out opening game saw him raise an astounding 152 places to reach 43rd position.
Hafeez and Banton Make Gains In ICC T20I Rankings
Also, David Malan is now back in the top 5 of the T20I rankings again after the series. The southpaw is currently at the 5th spot and is the highest-ranked England batsman. While Jonny Bairstow also gained one place to reach a career-best 22nd position.
The England captain Eoin Morgan is the next highest-ranked England batsman at the 7th spot in the T20I rankings. His counterpart Babar Azam again consolidated his number 1 rank in the T20I rankings for batsmen. Behind him is the Indian opener KL Rahul who currently has 824 points and is placed at the number 2 rank.
Meanwhile as far as bowlers are concerned, Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan’s five wickets in the series, have raised him one place to eighth position. Tom Curran of England and Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan have both jumped up the list to take a joint-20th position.
Furthermore, Wahab Riaz is up 18 places to 107th after his heroics in the final T20I and Haris Rauf also leapfrogged 25 were the others to gain in the latest rankings update.