Khan New T20 World No.1

Khan New T20 World No.1

Rashid Khan has regained the No.1 spot in the T20 Player Index for the first time since November 2022, knocking Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga into second place.

The Afghanistan allrounder turned a four-point deficit into a 56-point lead at the top of the charts following an impressive Indian Premier League campaign with Gujarat Titans. Rashid picked up 27 wickets while his 130 runs came at a strike rate of 216.7.

A number of Indian players saw their ranking rise significantly thanks to outstanding performances in the IPL. Suryakumar Yadav has climbed up to a career-high ranking of No.7, one place behind fellow India international Hardik Pandya. Yadav blasted 605 runs at a strike rate of 181.13 for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, including one century and five half-centuries.

Shubman Gill, the leading run-scorer in the 2023 IPL with 890 runs (three centuries) at a strike rate of 157.8, has climbed over 100 places to a career-high ranking of No.50.

IPL purple cap winner Mohammed Shami has also recorded a new career-best, climbing 37 places to No.55. Shami took 28 wickets with an economy of 8.03 for Gujarat Titans.

The highest-placed new entry in the T20 Player Index is Indian bowler Akash Madhwal, who enters the standings at No.565. In his debut IPL campaign, the 29-year-old took 14 wickets in eight matches for Mumbai Indians.

Fellow Indian and Index debutant Yash Thakur, meanwhile, picked up 13 wickets in nine outings for Lucknow Super Giants and sits two places behind Madhwal at No.567.

Elsewhere, South Africa’s Aiden Markram, who was outside the top 100 18 months ago, is now up to No.3 in the rankings, with England captain Jos Buttler and Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell completing the top five.

Markram’s fellow countryman Faf du Plessis, who finished second in the batting charts, is up 10 places to No.21 – his highest position since October 2021 – while third-placed Devon Conway has moved to a career-high ranking of No.26.

England duo Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone (down two places from No.7) and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, previously at No.25, make up the rest of the top 10 while there are now 12 different nationalities represented in the top 20 after Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) and David Wiese (Namibia) climbed the rankings.

Raza ascended 26 places to No.15 after scoring 139 runs at a strike rate above 140 in seven innings for Punjab Kings while Wiese is up to No.17.