Aaron Finch’s impressive showing in the Twenty20 International triangular series in Zimbabwe helped him jump four places to No. 1 in the latest ICC T20I rankings, it was announced on Monday (July 9).
Following his blistering 172 against Zimbabwe – itself a record in Twenty20 Internationals – Finch became the first batsman to break the 900-point rating mark in ICC’s official rankings for the format.
Fakhar Zaman’s impressive returns in that series – 278 runs from five matches – for Pakistan not only helped his team win the trophy but also propelled him to No. 2 on the rankings with 842 points against his name. India’s KL Rahul jumped nine places to sit at No. 3 following scores of 70, 101*, 6 and 19 in the T20Is against Ireland and England. Rahul has 812 points to his name.
By the end of the triangular series, Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had dropped to 891 points but was still comfortably ahead of Zaman.
In the team rankings, Pakistan retained their spot at the top of the ladder following their win over Australia in the tri-series final, while India kept their second position, having beaten England 2-1. Australia also managed to hang on to their No. 3 position but England are close on their heels.
There wasn’t notable movement in the bowlers’ table, with Rashid Khan retaining his spot at No. 1 with 813 points, well ahead of second-placed Shadab Khan (723 points). Yuzvendra Chahal slipped one spot, surrendering the No. 3 position to New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi, as the top four positions were all held by legspinners.