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Hardik Pandya Becomes First Indian to Top ICC T20I All-Rounder Rankings

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Historic Achievement for Hardik Pandya

India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya made history by becoming the first Indian to reach the No. 1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings for all-rounders. This achievement was announced on Wednesday as per the ICC official website. Hardik’s rise to the top is a testament to his excellent performance both with the bat and ball throughout the tournament.

Hardik’s Journey to the Top

Hardik rose two places to join Sri Lankan star Wanindu Hasaranga as the top-ranked men’s T20I all-rounder. He played a crucial role in India’s success, especially in the final match. His important wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller turned the game in India’s favor. Throughout the tournament, Hardik made impactful contributions with the bat, scoring 144 runs at a strike rate of over 150. He also took 11 wickets, showcasing his all-round capabilities.

Key Performance in the Final

The most significant moment for Hardik came in the final match. With South Africa in a strong position, his wicket of Klaasen shifted the momentum towards India. He then bowled a tense final over, defending 16 runs to secure India’s victory in the T20 World Cup. This performance under pressure h

Changes in T20I All-Rounder Rankings

There were other notable movements in the T20I all-rounder rankings. Marcus Stoinis, Sikandar Raza, Shakib Al Hasan, and Liam Livingstone all moved up by one spot. Mohammad Nabi, on the other hand, dropped four places, falling out of the top five.

Movements in T20I Bowling Rankings

In the men’s T20I bowling rankings, Anrich Nortje made a significant jump, rising seven places to reach a career-best second spot, just behind top-ranked Adil Rashid. India’s star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Player of the Tournament award for his 15 wickets in the T20 World Cup, moved up by 12 spots, achieving his highest position since the end of 2020.

Kuldeep Yadav and Other Bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav also made a notable entry into the top ten of the bowling rankings, moving up three spots to joint-eighth. Arshdeep Singh climbed four spots to a career-best No.13 after leading the wickets chart at the T20 World Cup. Tabraiz Shamsi also improved his ranking, moving up five positions to enter the top 15.

Minor Changes in Batting Rankings

In the batting rankings, there was minimal movement among the top ten. The only notable change was South Africa’s skipper Aiden Markram dropping by two points after an underwhelming performance in the tournament.

Hardik Pandya’s rise to the top of the ICC T20I all-rounder rankings is a remarkable achievement for Indian cricket. His performances throughout the tournament, especially in crucial moments, have cemented his place as one of the best all-rounders in the world. As India continues to compete on the international stage, Hardik’s contributions will be vital for their success.