Virat Kohli is in the top 10 in all three formats.© AFP
New Zealand opener Tim Seifert and fast bowler Tim Southee have achieved career-best positions after playing a key role in a 2-1 series win over Pakistan. Indian skipper Virat Kohli has also moved up one spot and now ranks seventh in the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. Seifert has moved 24 slots to the best ninth position of his career after a fine run in the home series that saw him top the total with 176 runs, while Southee’s six wickets in the series took him from 13th to seventh. Seifert, who was named Player of the Series culminating in a career-best 84 not out of 63 balls in the second game at Hamilton, previously had a top ranking of 32nd in August this year.
Southee’s six wickets, including a four-for-21 swipe in the second match, allowed him to improve on his previous best of 10th position in November last year. Southee has thus reached the top 10 in all three formats during his career, finishing fourth in Tests and ninth in ODIs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has also achieved a top 16th position in the rankings for the shortest formula, while Hafeez and Rizwan also have big gains in the latest update after the New Zealand-Pakistan series.
For Pakistan, Hafeez’s 140 runs, including an unbeaten 99 in the second match, saw him gain 14 places to reach 33rd position. The Pakistani bowlers had more to cheer, with Faheem Ashraf climbing 22 places to 13th position, Shaheen Afridi taking 11 places to reach a career in 16th best and Harif Rauf’s five wickets in the series helped him climb 42 places to the 67th place on the chart.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, Pakistan has lost three points and New Zealand three, but the two maintain their fourth and sixth positions respectively.
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