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Dawid Malan seeks highest ever T20 rating points

By Bet Barter

December 3, 2020

The England batsman, Dawid Malan, reaches the highest-ever rating for a batsman in the men's Twenty20 International rankings. As per the International Cricket Council, the left-handed batsman is currently topping the scoring charts against South Africa.

The batsman has crossed the 900-point mark in the format. Australia's Aaron Finch posted precisely 900 points in July 2018. Malan's excellent show with the bat saw him top the series with 173 runs.

Dawid Malan's match-winning knock of 99 in the final match helped England overtake Australia to take the top spot in the men's T20I rankings. The former England captain Nasser Hussain glorified Malan for his versatile style and consistency. Malan carries a 44-points lead in the rankings over Pakistan's Babar Azam, whom he surpassed in September.

The Eoin Morgan-led side had started the series at 271 points. They are now in level with Australia at 275 points but ahead on decimal points. India is currently placed in the third position. They will get a chance to gain some rating points when they take on Australia in the three-match T20I series beginning Friday.

Teams like South Africa and New Zealand retain their fifth and sixth positions whereas West Indies have slipped to 10th place. West Indies lost 2-0 to New Zealand in another series and performances of which are also included in Wednesday's rankings update.

Rashid Khan leads the T20 rating points with 736 points

Talking about the bowlers, England leg-spinner Adil Rashid is back to the 700-point mark. The leggie is just one spot below his career-best third position that he achieved in November 2018. The top seven T20I bowlers are spinners. Tabraiz Shamsi is South Africa's top-ranked bowler. He is sitting in the 5th spot of the ranking.

Chris Jordan, the leading T20I wicket-taker in the third match against South Africa has reached 12th rank. The pacer Lungi Ngidi makes an entry into the top 50 bowlers for the first time after taking four wickets in the series. His previous best was 67th position in September.

The series in New Zealand saw Lockie Ferguson jump to the 32nd position after finishing as the most eminent bowler in the series. He grabbed seven wickets, which included a player of the match effort of five for 21 in the first match.

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