Raza, Williams make gains in ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings

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Sikandar Raza

Zimbabwe cricket team stars Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams have made significant strides on the latest ICC Men’s T20 All-rounder Rankings following their impressive individual performances at the ongoing T2 World Cup in Australia.

After starring with both bat and ball, as Zimbabwe confounded expectations to reach the Super 12 stage of the competition Raza gained two places to number four while Williams also made notable progress after moving two places up to number nine in the global rankings of the all-rounders.

Raza has been one of the top performers at the ICC T20 World Cup which earned him a nomination for the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for October.

The Pakistan-born Zimbabwe star scored 219 runs and had 10 wickets during the month with a highest score of 82 against Ireland and was complemented by bowling figures of 3-19 against West Indies.

Sean Williams

Williams was also in good form as he was Zimbabwe’s second-highest contributor of runs with 155 in the bag and five wickets.

Bangladesh’s Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan and Indian star Hardik Pandya retained their places in the top three of the ICC T20I all-rounders.

Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has regained the number one spot for bowlers in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings while India’s Suryakumar Yadav has consolidated his position as the top batter in the latest weekly rankings update.

Hasaranga’s haul of two for 23 versus England at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup took his tournament haul to 15 wickets and helped him overtake another leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan in the rankings table.

Yadav, who totals 225 runs in the tournament so far, scored 30 against Bangladesh and a match-winning 61 off 25 balls against Zimbabwe to add six rating points to his tally and reach a career-best 869 points, 39 more than Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan. Devon Conway of New Zealand is 90 points adrift of Yadav in third position while Pakistan captain Babar Azam is a further seven points behind in fourth place.

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