Rashid Khan regains top spot in ICC T20I Bowling Rankings

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Rashid Khan is the new No. 1 T20I bowler in the world after displacing Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga in the top spot following his three wickets at less than a run a ball in Afghanistan’s historic 2-1 series win over Pakistan in Sharjah this week.

Rashid has team-mate Fazalhaq Farooqi for company on the podium, with the young pacer slotting in at No. 3 on the T20I Bowling Rankings after finishing as top wicket-taker for Afghanistan in the series. Farooqi claimed five wickets and conceded just 4.75 runs to the over across the three matches to climb 12 places in the rankings.

Rashid was No. 1 in November last year, having consistently been one of the format’s best since first rising to the top in February 2018.

This week’s 2-1 series result was Afghanistan’s first T20I win over Pakistan, and another bowler to make strides as a result of this tournament was Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who moved from No. 10 to No. 8 after taking two-fors in the first and third games.

For Pakistan, stand-in captain Shadab Khan (who led in place of the rested Babar Azam) moved up eight spots to No. 4 on the T20I all rounder rankings, having finished as the series’ third-highest run-scorer and joint-fourth-highest wicket-taker.