Rashid Khan consolidates his position at the top of T20I rankings

Compatriots Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also make huge strides in rankings

Rashid Khan gained 54 points after a four-wicket haul in the second T20 match against Bangladesh to finish with 813 points in the ICC T20I bowler rankings.   -  THE HINDU

Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan consolidated his position at the top of the ICC T20I player rankings after returning with 12 wickets from the recently concluded T20 international series against Bangladesh at Dehradun.

The 19-year-old spinner gained 54 points after a four-wicket haul in the second match to finish with 813 points, 80 more than second-placed Shadab Khan of Pakistan.

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Rashid’s compatriots, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also made remarkable improvements in the rankings after playing crucial roles in the 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh. Nabi gained 11 spots and reached a career-best eighth rank after taking four wickets and Mujeeb jumped 62 slots to 51st place in the latest rankings.

Slow bowlers, six of which are leg-spinners, now hold the top nine positions in the bowlers’ rankings.

Afghanistan all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari, who top-scored in the series with 118 runs, gained 11 spots to reach 44th in the rankings. Among others to improve their rankings are Windies’ Evin Lewis (up one place to fifth among batsmen), Kesrick Williams (up five spots to 41st among bowlers) and Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera (up three places to 38th among batsmen).

There has been no change in the ICC T20I Team Rankings with Afghanistan and Bangladesh retaining their eighth and 10th positions, respectively.