Hasaranga World T20 No.1

Wanindu Hasaranga.

Hasaranga World T20 No.1

Wanindu Hasaranga is back for a second stint at the top of the men’s T20 Player Index after replacing Rashid Khan at the top of the tree.

The legspinner finished as the leading run-scorer (279 at 34.87) and wicket-taker 19 at 10.73) during the Lanka Premier League across July and August.

Despite being absent through injury for the final, B-Love Kandy went on to scoop the title, beating Dambulla Aura.

Afghanistan international Rashid returned for a second spell at the top of the rankings in June but a quiet series against Bangladesh and eight wickets in six Major League Cricket outing sees him drop off the top again.

Not since December 2021, when Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell led the way, have either Hasaranga or Rashid not been atop of the rankings.

England white-ball captain Jos Buttler, top-scorer during the men’s Hundred for eventual runners-up Manchester Originals (391 runs, strike rate 145.4) is back inside the top three for the first time since February, while teammates Moeen Ali (No.6), Sam Curran (No.14) and Chris Jordan (No.16) are also on the march.

Will Jacks has been rewarded for an impressive summer, comprising the T20 Blast, men’s Hundred and the New Zealand series, across which he has scored 853 runs at 30.46 and taken 16 wickets at 13.56, with a career-best ranking of No.5.

Player of the match in the men’s Hundred final for champions Oval Invincibles Tom Curran, is up more than 50 places to No.45. In five outings in the competition, the elder of the three Curran brothers scooped three player of the match prizes, returning nine wickets and unbeaten scores of 38, 43, 18 and 67.

The Blast’s leading wicket-taker Matt Henry of winners Somerset (31 at 13.25) has darting up the leaderboard too, going from outside the top 500 to No.156.

Fellow New Zealander Tim Southee has also made great strides, moving more than 100 positions to No.51 – his best in 14 months – after hitting form for his country in the United Arab Emirates and England.