Clutch Fakhar Zaman soars to number two in ICC T20I rankings

  • Clutch Fakhar Zaman soars to number two in ICC T20I rankings

Clutch Fakhar Zaman soars to number two in ICC T20I rankings

India beat England by 2-1 to win the three-match series while Pakistan edged Australia in the final to lift the tri-series title.

Captain Aaron Finch received some consolation after Australia's defeat in the tri series final against Pakistan, with news that he'd become the highest rated global T20 player since the format began.

Like Finch, Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan was in stellar form in Harare, where he totalled 278 runs in the series, including a match-winning knock of 91 against Australia after Pakistan had slumped to two for two after setting a victory target of 184.

The Team India player has 812 rating points. Although he only managed 6 and 19 in the next two games, he moved up nine spots to occupy third place.

Zimbabwe then lost four wickets in two overs on the charge at the death, with Andrew Tye once again starring with the ball, but reached a total which very almost sparked an upset. The left-hander scored, 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 in the tournament.

Finch, the captain of the Australia T20I side, also had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68*, 172 - a world record in the format - 16, 3 and 47. Fakhar and Malik both build up a terrific 107 run partnership and completely shifted the momentum towards the World No.1 T20 side.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.

The left-handed batsman doesn't have a conventional stance and predominantly plays on the leg side.

Colin Munro of New Zealand was at fourth place while Babar Azam of Pakistan and Australia's Glenn Maxwell was placed at sixth position.

Short broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to number15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to number 17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breath-taking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.