Iftikhar Ahmed moves up in ICC T20I rankings, Babar remains on top in ODIs

There were significant movements in the ICC ODI and T20I rankings this week

Iftikhar Ahmed moves up in ICC T20I rankings, Babar remains on top in ODIs PHOTO: ICC

Rashid Khan made a remarkable comeback from injury, showcasing a stellar performance against Ireland in the ICC Men's T20I series. His exceptional display earned him eight wickets and propelled him to the ninth position in the T20I Bowler Rankings, climbing four spots. His consistent brilliance played a crucial role in Afghanistan's series victory over Ireland, maintaining an impressive average of 5.62 throughout the matches.

In tandem, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid's compatriot, moved up two spots to 55th position in the rankings after his notable three-wicket haul against Ireland. Meanwhile, three Irish players, Josh Little, Mark Adair, and Barry McCarthy, saw improvements in their T20I bowler rankings. Adil Rashid of England retained his top position in the rankings.

Suryakumar Yadav from India continued to lead the T20I batter rankings with 861 rating points. Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan reentered the top 50 after his stellar performance of 90 runs against Ireland. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam from Pakistan held the third and fourth spots respectively in the T20 batting rankings. 

However, Hazratullah Zazai's absence from Afghanistan's series against Ireland resulted in a drop of five places to 58th spot, allowing Iftikhar Ahmed to move up two spaces to 57th spot with 479 rating points. Fakhar Zaman also climbed two places to the 71st spot with 436 rating points.

There were changes in the ICC ODI batting rankings as well after Sri Lanka's series against Bangladesh. Pathum Nissanka surged into the top 10, securing the eighth position in the ODI batting rankings, rising three places after his impressive tally of 151 runs in the series. His teammate Charith Asalanka also made gains, moving up two spots to 14th position after scoring 146 runs across three innings. Babar Azam continued his dominance in the ODI batting rankings with 824 rating points.