Hardik Pandya becomes first Indian to top T20I All-Rounder Rankings

DUBAI: Hardik Pandya earned the reward for his all-round brilliance during India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 triumph as he claimed the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20I All-Rounder Rankings.

Pandya jumped two places to become the joint-number one all-rounder along with Sri Lankan captain Wanindu Hasaranga with 222 rating points.

Indian all-rounder made valuable contributions both with the bat and ball to lead his team to their second T20 World Cup title. He scored 144 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 151, along with 11 wickets at 17.36.

In the final against South Africa, he picked important wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller at crucial times to seal the thrilling last-over victory for his team.

It’s worth noting that Hardik Pandya is the first player from India to reach the top spot in the T20I All-Rounder Rankings.

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Meanwhile, Afghanistan veteran Mohammad Nabi dropped four places to sixth. As a result, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, and England’s Liam Livingstone all moved up one spot.

South African pace bowler Anrich Nortje, on the back of his fiery pace bowling in the T20 World Cup, jumped seven places to claim his career-best second spot in ICC Men’s T20I Bowling Rankings.

Nortje took 15 wickets in nine games at an average of 13.40 to guide South Africa to their first-ever final of an ICC World Cup in any format.

His Indian counterpart, Jasprit Bumrah rose 12 places to reach 12th after taking 15 wickets in eight games, which earned him the Player of the Tournament award.

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