Hardik Pandya gains big in latest ICC Ranking update after heroic performance against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022
Indian team's star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has jumped 8 places to 5th position in the latest ICC T20 all-rounder rankings after performing well against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022. With that, this marks Hardik Pandya's best ranking position of his career.
Let us tell you, against Pakistan, Hardik Pandya took three wickets for 25 runs while bowling first and then played a scorching innings of 33 runs not out in 17 balls. Due to his performance, the Indian team won the match by 5 wickets.
Team India needed 7 runs in the last over to win and spinner Mohammad Nawaz had struck the wicket of set batsman Ravindra Jadeja in the first ball of the over. But, Hardik Pandya remained calm and finished off the match with a boundary.
On the other hand, Afghanistan have qualified for Super 4 by winning both their group stage matches. They first beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets and then beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets. The ranking of many players has increased in the ICC T20 rankings after the matches so far.
Rashid Khan has jumped to number three in T20I Bowlers' rankings, he now has 708 points. Australia's fast bowler Josh Hazlewood (792) is in the first place and South Africa's spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi (716) is at number two.
Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was awarded the Player of the Match award against Bangladesh, has now jumped to 9th position, he has 660 points. Talking about the batters' rankings, Babar Azam (810) maintains the first place, Mohammad Rizwan (796) and Suryakumar Yadav (792) have also maintained their position as there is minimal changes in the batters' far away from the top batters.
Meanwhile, the Asia Cup 2022 tournament continues as India takes on Hong Kong in their 2nd match of the tournament. A win tonight will see India through to the Super 4 round. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will now battle against each other for the 2nd position after Afghanistan confirmed top position with 2 wins in 2.