Sri Lanka’s sling action bowler Lasith Malinga struck four wickets from New Zealand with four balls. For MRF Tyres’ most recent ICC Men’s T20I Bowler Rankings, he has skipped 20 places to No.21.
The rankings got released on Saturday, 7th of September, when the T20I three-match series was ended with New Zealand winning at 2-1. Malinga has become the first-ever bowler to take four consecutive wickets with four balls in T20Is and ODIs. He scored the figures 4-1-6-5 as the Sri Lankan team won by consolation 37 runs in Pallekele. This was his fifth international hat-trick. With his first wicket, Malinga has become cricket’s first male bowler for the 100 T20I wickets.
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme from New Zealand top-scored a massive 103-run achievement in the series within 3 innings. He has leaped over 43 places and ranks at No.80 for batting. Furthermore, he made it to top 20 for MRF Tyres ICC T20I All-rounder Rankings. During the second T20I, he scored the highest for New Zealand, with a 46-ball 59 chasing 162, which allowed a 2-0 head start for the visitors.
Babar Azam continues to rule the T20 rankings
Kusal Mendis led the series by scoring one more run than de Grandhomme. He was awarded 33 points, placing him at 40th. Grandhomme was unable to get a kick start last time, as he was dismissed at a golden duck by Malinga.
Babar Azam remains our top-ranked batsman for T20I. Third-position Glenn Maxwell exchanged slots with second-place Colin Munro.
For bowling rankings, spin bowler Mitchell Santner is on No.5, climbing over six places and reaching the top 10. Tim Southee, who replaced Kane Williamson as captain during his absence, overcame 14 places to mark his 15th spot. He is led by Afghanistan team’s Rashid Khan.
The update has 11 Romania Cup games too. Famous 30-year-old all-rounder Pavel Florin is No.688 in ICC player rankings. He represented Romania during four T20I matches last month, claiming three wickets.