T20 World Cup: Sri Lankan spin wizard Wanindu Hasaranga becomes World’s Top-Ranked T20I Bowler

The reign of Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan at the top of the MRF ICC Men’s T20I Bowling Rankings has ended, with Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga taking over.

Rashid had knocked Australian Josh Hazlewood out of first place following his good start to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, but Hasaranga’s ongoing success means he has climbed to the top thanks to his World Cup heroics.

Wanindu Hasaranga world’s top-ranked T20I Bowler

Wanindu Hasaranga world’s top-ranked T20I bowler

Hasaranga got 15 wickets in Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, more than any other player by the end of the Super 12 round, and has reclaimed the number one ranking he had in November 2021. He concluded the tournament with 3/13 against Afghanistan and 2/23 against England, further cementing his position as one of the top leg-spinners in the world.

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Hasaranga’s stats are impressive three years into his T20I career. He has now taken 86 wickets in 52 outings at an average of 14.48 and an incredibly good economy of 6.67. The 25-year-old is also a capable batsman, but a lack of time in the middle during the World Cup has kept him at number eight in the all-rounder rankings.Wanindu Hasaranga becomes world’s top-ranked T20I bowler

Sean Williams of Zimbabwe is the sole newcomer in the top 10, but Pakistan’s Shadab Khan is on the rise, rising 10 places to 15. Due to Moeen Ali’s lack of participation, he and Sikandar Raza have swapped places to sixth and fourth, respectively, with Raza heavily participating in Zimbabwe’s spectacular campaign.

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There is also one new entry in the top ten of the bowler’s rankings, with England’s Adil Rashid going to eighth, one position behind compatriot Sam Curran. Pathum Nissanka has risen to number ten in the most recent batter rankings, the only change in the top ten. Suryakumar Yadav’s performance keeps him in the first place, with an increased margin and a career-best rating of 869 points.

Yadav’s magnificent century against Zimbabwe helped him win the top spot, with Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway, and Babar Azam completing the top four. Further down the batter rankings, New Zealand’s Finn Allen and India’s KL Rahul are making inroads, climbing six and five ranks, respectively, and closing in on the top 10.

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