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Finch becomes world’s No.1 T20 batsman

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of T20 internationals to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places go to No.1 in the ICC rankings.

Finch, who captained Australia to the final of their recent T20 tri-series with Pakistan and Zimbabwe, hit the 900-point mark following his record-breaking 76-ball 172 against Zimbabwe. He finished on 891 points.

Finch leads Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman by 45 points. The left-hand opener hit scores of 61, 47, 73 and 91 in the recent series to jump 44 places into second.

India’s KL Rahul has moved to No.3 following scores of 70 and 101*.

Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan have retained the top two T20 bowling positions, while Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have each achieved career-high rankings.

Tye has risen 41 places to seventh in the latest rankings after taking 12 wickets in Harare, Rashid has claimed ninth position after moving up four places, Plunkett has gained 14 places and is now in 11th spot, Willey has risen 12 places to 15th and Stanlake’s seven wickets have given him a leap of 60 places that has put him in 19th position.

Meanwhile, in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, Pakistan have retained the top position with their tri-series victory while India have overtaken Australia to take second place after clinching their three-match series against England 2-1. The top three sides are now separated by 10 points, while three points separate fourth-ranked England and seventh-ranked West Indies.

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