Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has moved to the summit of the ICC Men’s T20I Bowling Rankings for the first time in his career.
Shamsi replaces Afghanistan star Rashid Khan, who has been leading these specific rankings for close on two years.
Despite performing fairly well in his country’s 3-0 T20I series win over Zimbabwe recently, Khan dropped down to second in the world.
Shamsi last participated in the South Africans’ T20I series defeat by Pakistan in February, where he bagged six wickets in the three matches.
He will also be an important figure in the upcoming ODI and T20I series against the Pakistanis in South Africa, which gets under way at the end of next week.
In the batting department, England’s Dawid Malan maintains his spot at the top of the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings, despite the team falling short in the five-match series against India last week.
Malan managed 68 in the final encounter, while India skipper Virat Kohli dominated the series with a number of impressive showings with the bat.
Kohli’s efforts moved him from fifth to fourth in the batting rankings, with Australia’s Aaron Finch and Pakistan captain Babar Azam occupying second and third spot, respectively.