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Finch becomes first player in T20Is to reach 900-point mark

Aaron Finch
Australia opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of Twenty20 Internationals to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game.
  • Pakistan Opener Fakhar Zaman vaults 44 places to second in latest player rankings

  • KL Rahul is now India’s highest-ranked batsman in third position; Zimbabwe’s Solomon Mire claims 25th spot after rocketing 202 places

  • Bowlers Andrew Tye, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Billy Stanlake break into the top-20 after achieving career-high rankings

  • Australia and nine highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 31 December 2018 will qualify directly for the ICC Men’s World T20 2020

Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had touched the 900-point mark following his record-breaking knock of 172 (76b, 10x6, 16x4) against Zimbabwe in Harare on 3 July. The 31-year-old from Victoria eventually finished the T20Is (also comprising a one-off against England at Edgbaston) in number-one position on 891 points.

Finch had started the T20Is in fourth position on 763 points and a tour aggregate of 391 runs not only helped him leapfrog Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glen Maxwell, but also earned him 128 points.

In the latest player rankings, which also takes into account India’s 2-0 and 2-1 series win against Ireland and England, respectively, Finch leads Pakistan’s left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman by 45 points.

Like Finch, Fakhar was in stellar form in Harare, when he totaled 278 runs in the series, including a match-winning 91 against Australia after Pakistan had slumped to 2/2 after being set a victory target of 184.

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler reached career-best positions despite England losing the T20I series to India
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler reached career-best positions despite England losing the T20I series to India

Fakhar’s string of good scores, that also included knocks of 61, 6, 47 and 73, have helped him vault 44 places to claim second position. He has now become Pakistan’s highest-ranked batsman after Babar Azam slipped from first to fifth due to his absence because of an injury.

India’s KL Rahul’s scores of 70, 101*, 6 and 19 have made him India’s highest-ranked batsman after he moved up nine places to a career-high third position. Rohit Sharma in 11th rank (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th rank (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked India batsmen.

Australia’s D'Arcy Short, Jason Roy of England and Solomon Mire have also achieved career-best rankings following the latest update.

Short has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career and is in 10th position, moving up 18 places. Roy has gained 19 places and is now in 15th spot while Mire has rocketed 202 places to claim 25th position – seven places behind Hamilton Masakadza.

In the bowling table, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan have retained the top two positions, but there have been a number of movements down the order with Australia’s Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake, and England’s trio of Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey achieving career-high rankings.

The 12 wickets he picked up helped Andrew Tye reach No.7 on the chart
The 12 wickets he picked up helped Andrew Tye reach No.7 on the chart

Tye has risen 41 places to seventh in the latest rankings after taking 12 wickets in Harare, Rashid has claimed ninth position after moving up four places, Plunkett has gained 14 places and is now in 11th spot, Willey has risen 12 places to 15th and Stanlake’s seven wickets have given him a leap of 60 places that has put him in 19th position.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction include Mohammad Amir (12th, up by six places), Hardik Pandya (29th, up by five places), Mohammad Nawaz (32nd, up by nine places), Faheem Ashraf (33rd, up by 21 places), Kuldeep Yadav (34th, up by 41 places) and Ashton Agar (45th, up by 39 places).

There is no change in the top three all-rounders, with Maxwell leading the field. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi is second while Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is third.

Meanwhile, in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, Pakistan have retained the top position with their tri-series victory while India have overtaken Australia to take second place after clinching their three-match series against England 2-1. The top three sides are now separated by 10 points, while three points separate fourth-ranked England and seventh-ranked West Indies.

Team rankings remain crucial as Australia plus the next nine highest-ranked sides will qualify directly for the 16-team ICC Men’s World T20 2020 in Australia. The remaining six sides will qualify from the 14-team ICC Men’s World T20 Qualifier 2019, which will be participated in by the six sides from the ICC World T20 2016, which are not in the Top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 31 December 2018, alongside the eight qualifiers from the regional finals.

The series win helped Pakistan build an eight-point lead at the top of the table, with Australia slipping to No.3
The series win helped Pakistan build an eight-point lead at the top of the table, with Australia slipping to No.3

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of 9 July):

Rank

Team

Points

 1

Pakistan

132 (+1)

 2        

India

124 (+1)

 3           

Australia

122 (-4)

 4        

England

117 (+2)

 5

New Zealand

116

 6       

South Africa

114

 7        

Windies

114

 8       

Afghanistan         

91 

 9        

Sri Lanka

85

10       

Bangladesh

70

11         

Scotland

62

12

Zimbabwe

56

13

UAE

51

14

Netherlands

50

15

Hong Kong 

42

16

Oman

39

17

Ireland                   

35 (+1)

 

* Nepal have 26 rating points but need to play one more match before being ranked 

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as of 9 July):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank   (+/-)    Player             Team  Pts      Avge   S/R        Highest Rating

   1             (+3)        Aaron Finch         Aus          891         45.60     162          900 v Zim at Harare 2018

   2            (+44)     Fakhar Zaman    Pak          842!       30.76     144          842 v Aus at Harare 2018

   3            (+9)        Lokesh Rahul      Ind          812         49.71      155           854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018

   4            (-2)         Colin Munro         NZ           801         33.51      164          805 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   5             (-4)         Babar Azam         Pak          765         53.00     127           881 v Win at Karachi 2018

   6            (-3)         Glenn Maxwell   Aus          761          32.94     163          801 v NZ at Auckland 2018

   7             (-2)         Evin Lewis            Win         753*       37.57      160          780 v Eng at Durham 2017

   8            (-2)         Martin Guptill     NZ           747         34.40     133          793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   9            (-2)         Alex Hales             Eng         710          32.67     136          866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

  10           (+18)      D'Arcy Short        Aus          690*!    41.88      132          690 v Pak at Harare 2018

  11            (+2)        Rohit Sharma      Ind          678         32.59     137           681 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

  12           (-4)         Virat Kohli            Ind          671          48.88     136          897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

  13           (-4)         M. Shahzad          Afg           659         31.76      135           706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  14           (-3)         Hashim Amla      SA            643        34.51      133          683 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

  15            (+19)      Jason Roy              Eng         641!        21.74      142          641 v Ind at Bristol 2018

  16           (-2)         Kane Williamson                NZ           634        31.33      121           760 v Ban at Napier 2017

  17            (+9)        Jos Buttler             Eng         614!        27.10      138          614 v Ind at Bristol 2018

  18           (-8)         H. Masakadza      Zim         610         27.66     117            699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  19           (-1)          Kusal Perera        SL            608        30.00     138          751 v SA at Chittagong 2014

  20          (-4)         Eoin Morgan        Eng         596         28.71      132          872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank   (+/-)    Player             Team  Pts      Avge   Eco       Highest Rating

   1             ( - )          Rashid Khan        Afg           813         13.01       5.93       816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   2            ( - )          Shadab Khan      Pak          723         18.00      6.72       769 v Sco at Edinburgh 2018

   3            (+1)         Ish Sodhi               NZ           700         19.33      7.43       739 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   4            (-1)          Y. Chahal               Ind          685         18.97      7.85        706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   5             ( - )          Samuel Badree  Win         674         19.78      6.05       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   6            ( - )          Mitchell Santner                 NZ           665         21.37      7.14        731 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   7             (+41)      Andrew Tye          Aus          658!       20.89     8.70       658 v Pak at Harare 2018

   8            (-1)          Imran Tahir         SA            650         15.85       6.80       795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

   9            (+4)        Adil Rashid          Eng         639        28.82     7.68       640 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  10           (-2)         Mohammad Nabi               Afg           638!       24.20     7.09       638 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

  11            (+14)      Liam Plunkett     Eng         628        25.04     7.81        644 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  12=        (+6)        Mohammad Amir               Pak          609        19.98      6.83       700 v Aus at Edgbaston 2010

                  (-2)         M. Rahman          Ban         609        18.60      7.05        695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

  14           (-2)         Shakib Al Hasan                  Ban         608        21.00      6.74       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

  15            (+12)      David Willey        Eng         607         24.67     8.44       615 v Ind at Cardiff 2018

  16           (-2)         Trent Boult           NZ           599         21.18       8.53       622 v Aus at Sydney 2018

  17            (-2)         Chris Jordan        Eng         598         28.71      8.82       628 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

  18           (-1)          Sunil Narine        Win         587         20.68     6.02       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

  19           (+60)     Billy Stanlake      Aus          570*!     23.43     8.33       570 v Pak at Harare 2018

  20          (-1)          George Dockrell Ire            569         18.89      6.65       668 v Zim at Sylhet 2014 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank   (+/-)    Player             Team  Pts      Highest Rating

   1             ( - )          Glenn Maxwell    Aus        366        396 v Eng at Melbourne 2018

   2            ( - )          M. Nabi                                  Afg             321         323 v Ban at Dehradun 2018

   3            ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        279         408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   4            ( - )          JP Duminy            SA           235         276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5             ( - )          Marlon Samuels                  Win        230        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

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! indicates best rating

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