In a remarkable climb, Axar Patel has surged an impressive 12 places to secure his career-best fifth position among bowlers in the ICC Men's T20I Rankings. This significant achievement comes on the heels of Patel's stellar performances against Afghanistan, where his exceptional bowling figures of two for 23 and two for 16 played a pivotal role in India's back-to-back six-wicket victories. Adding to his accolades, Patel has also elevated his all-rounder status, securing the 16th spot.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube Shine Bright
The batting front witnessed its own fireworks as opener Yashaswi Jaiswal's explosive 34-ball 68 in the first T20I propelled him to a career-best sixth position, showcasing his rising prowess. Meanwhile, southpaw Shivam Dube's consecutive unbeaten knocks of 60 and 63 resulted in a remarkable leap from 265th to 58th place, highlighting India's formidable batting strength.
Finn Allen's Impact and New Zealand's Success
New Zealand's Finn Allen left a lasting impression with innings of 34 off 15 balls and 74 off 41 balls, driving his team to victories against Pakistan. This stellar performance catapulted him 11 places to the 16th position among batters. Teammate Tim Southee's six-wicket haul in the first two matches propelled him up eight places to the 18th spot in the bowlers' rankings.
Player Surges: India's Rising Stars Shine Bright
India's Shubman Gill (up seven places to 60th among batters), Tilak Verma (up three places to joint-61st among batters), and Arshdeep Singh (up four places to 21st among bowlers) showcased commendable progress. Afghanistan's Najibullah Zadran (up one place to 46th) and Mohammad Nabi (up two places to 54th) also made strides in the batting rankings.
Batting Brilliance: Babar Azam and Kiwi Duo's Spectacular Climb
Pakistan's star batter Babar Azam climbed one place to secure the fourth spot after delivering consecutive half-centuries against New Zealand. Fakhar Zaman's impressive performance catapulted him 14 places to the 81st position. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Daryll Mitchell (up nine places to 37th) and Kane Williamson (up 13 places to 59th) demonstrated their batting prowess with notable rises in the rankings.