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Aiden Markram powers into top five of T20I rankings

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Oct 27, 2021

Aiden Markram’s two solid innings at the T20 World Cup have seen him climb to third on the ICC’s T20I batter rankings.

Markram comes in behind England’s Dawid Malan and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who closed the gap to Malan with a strong start to the T20 World Cup.

Aiden Markram powers into top five

Markram has climbed eight spots after posting scores of 40 and 51* in South Africa’s first two matches of the T20 World Cup, while Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has moved up three spots after scores of 79* and 33.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 26: Aiden Markram of South Africa playing a shot during the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup match between South Africa and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 26, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Isuru Sameera Peiris/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Rizwan and Virat Kohli round out the top five of the batter’s rankings.

Allrounders on the charge

Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan has reclaimed top spot on the all-rounder rankings off the back of his stellar start to the T20 World Cup.

Shakib’s T20I all-rounder rating climbed 20 points to 295, taking him ahead of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who slid from 285 points to 275.

It has been a campaign to remember so far for Shakib, who is the tournament’s top wicket-taker with 11 at an average of 6.45, despite Bangladesh delivering a mixed bag of form. He sits third for runs scored with 118 at 29.50 and his tally of 11 wickets is already the most by a bowler in a single Men’s T20 World Cup tournament.

The Bangladesh star was not the only big mover on the all-rounder rankings, with Glenn Maxwell (161 rating points) moving up three spots to third after Australia’s first-up win against South Africa. He is level with Namibia’s JJ Smit (161), who has shot up an incredible 23 spots.

Namibia’s JJ Smit celebrates after hitting the winning shot at the end of the ICC mens Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Namibia and Netherlands at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 20, 2021. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

ICC T20I Bowling rankings

On the bowling front, Bangladesh’s Mahedi Hasan (621), Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi (596) and Haris Rauf (563), and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood (557) were the big movers.

Hasan has rocketed up 11 spots to enter the top 10 at ninth with 621 points, sandwiched between compatriots Shakib (632) and Mustafizur Rahman (614).

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 26: Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Tim Seifert of New Zealand as the pair collide during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26, 2021 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Afridi (596), whose opening spell against India stands among this tournament’s most iconic moments so far, also moved up 11 spots and is now knocking on the door of the top 10 at 12th spot.

Rauf (563), Player of the Match in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand, was the biggest mover in the top 20, surging 34 spots to 17th, one ahead of Hazlewood (557), who himself improved his ranking by 16 spots.

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