ICC T20 Rankings: South Africa left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has grabbed a career-best second position among T20 bowlers while Pakistan's ace Mohammad Rizwan has gunned to 42nd place in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after standout performances in the three-match series that Pakistan won 2-1. Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shaheen Afridi among others to advance after the Pakistan vs South Africa T20 series.
Shamsi takes six wickets in the series including a magical spell of 4 for 25 in the final match which helped the left-arm spinner to surpass Australia's Adam Zampa, and England's Adil Rashid to within three points of top-ranked Rashid Khan of Afghanistan. Shamsi’s six-fer in the series, a huge gain considering his previous best was the 107th rank.
Mohammad Rizwan has also benefitted from his scintillating performances in the recently completed T20 series. The rookie right-handed wicket-keeper batsman accumulates 197 runs in three T20Is, top-notched knocks of 104*, 51, and 42. He has been adjudged 'Player of the Series' that raised him a whopping 116 slots to a career-best 42nd position.
🔹 Three matches— ICC (@ICC) February 15, 2021
🔹 197 runs at 98.50
The highest run-getter of the #PAKvSA T20I series, @iMRizwanPak, has moved up 116 slots to a career-best position in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC T20I Rankings for batting.
Moreover, Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Multan Sultans has appointed Mohammad Rizwan as their captain for the upcoming PSL season, the wicket-keeper batsman replaces his teammate Shan Masood.
For South Africa, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius too climbed up from 121st place to 51st, after his match-winning performance in the second T20I. Reeza Hendricks’s 98 runs in the series have lifted him seven places to 17th and David Miller’s 116 runs, including a fierce 85* off 45 balls in the final match, sees him gain seven places to 22nd position. Notably, Englishman Dawid Malan freezes his top spot in the ICC Men's batting rankings with 915 rating points.
Meanwhile, there is no switch in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Team Rankings after the three-match T20I series. Pakistan have gained one point but remains in the fourth position with 260 points while South Africa have lost one point but remains fifth with 251 points.