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Shake-up in ICC Player Rankings: England Spinner Adil Rashid Tops T20I Bowlers, Babar Reclaims ODI No.1

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In a noteworthy shake-up of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings, Adil Rashid, the spinner from England, has ascended to the top spot in the T20 International (T20I) bowlers’ rankings. This shift comes on the heels of his consistent performance in the Caribbean, propelling him past Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and India’s Ravi Bishnoi, who now hold the second and third positions, respectively.

Adil Rashid’s remarkable achievement marks only the second time an English player has claimed the No.1 ranking for T20I bowlers, with off-spinner Graeme Swann achieving the feat over a decade ago. The dynamic T20I rankings for bowlers have seen three different players occupy the premier position in the last three weeks, showcasing the competitiveness in the format.

“On a bustling day for the rankings, West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein made a notable climb, securing the sixth position after a three-spot advancement. South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi also displayed a noteworthy performance, elevating three places to secure the ninth position within the top 10”.

The T20I rankings further witnessed notable movements among West Indies players, with Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, and Kyle Mayers making significant strides. Suryakumar Yadav, the top-ranked T20I batter from India, faces a challenge from the West Indies quartet, showcasing the intensifying competition.

In the One Day International (ODI) rankings, Pakistan’s Babar Azam has reclaimed the No.1 position for batters from India’s Shubman Gill. Babar Azam’s resurgence comes as he leads with a substantial 100-point advantage, reinforced by his outstanding performance, including a quickfire century against South Africa.

“In the T20I all-rounders’ rankings, South Africa’s Aiden Markram moves up to the third position behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. England’s Moeen Ali and West Indies’ Jason Holder also made notable progress, securing the eighth and 24th positions, respectively”.

“The ODIs witnessed changes in the top 10 batters, with Ireland’s Harry Tector advancing to the seventh position after a notable innings against Zimbabwe. South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen lost ground, moving down to the eighth and 10th positions, respectively”.

Australia’s dominant victory over Pakistan in Perth had ripple effects on the Test rankings. Usman Khawaja moved up to the fourth position in the Test batters’ rankings, outpacing Babar Azam and closing in on the top-ranked Kane Williamson. Australia’s bowlers, including Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, experienced upward mobility inside the top 10, while India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continues to maintain his top spot in the rankings. The latest ICC Player Rankings reflect the dynamic and competitive nature of international cricket across formats.

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