Sports: Cricket: Imad Wasim becomes top ranked T20I bowler

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Sports: Cricket: Imad Wasim becomes top ranked T20I bowler

December 25, 2017

Karachi: Pakistan left-arm spinner Imad Wasim is the top-ranked bowler in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were updated after the series between India and Sri Lanka that the home side won 3-0 in Mumbai on Sunday.

Imad has moved up to become the top-ranked bowler as India’s Jasprit Bumrah missed the final match of the series after finishing wicket-less in the opening two games to slip to third place. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has moved up one place to take a career-best second position.

Imad has been top-ranked bowler in the past. Imad has spent 15 matches and 132 days at the top. Imad was at number one position last on November 4 this year.

Meanwhile, Australia opener Aaron Finch has moved up to become top-ranked batsman. Finch moved up one place as did Windies left-handed opener Evin Lewis, even as Virat Kohli slipped to third position after missing the series due to personal commitments. As players lose two per cent of their rating points for each T20I missed, Kohli, has slipped from 824 points to 776 points.

However, Kohli, who is top-ranked in ODIs and second in Tests, is only eight points behind Finch and four behind Lewis.

In the ICC T20I Team Rankings, India have moved up from their pre-series tally of 119 points to 121 points. They have leapfrogged England, New Zealand and the Windies to move from fifth to second position in a list led by Pakistan with 124 points.

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