Massive gainers in ICC rankings from the T20 World Cup 2022 to 2024

May 30, 2024

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In the span between the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and the upcoming ninth edition set to kick off in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA) from June , a constellation of emerging cricket stars has illuminated the T20I rankings.

Major movers in ICC rankings from T20 World Cup 2022 to 2024

Players who were previously overshadowed or underrated have risen to prominence, showcasing their talent and potential on the global stage. This surge in rankings reflects the dynamic nature of cricket, where new talents continuously emerge to challenge the status quo and redefine the sport’s landscape.

Batting rankings transformation

Between the T20 World Cup 2022 and the upcoming 2024 edition, there has been a significant shift in the ICC T20I rankings, particularly in the batting department. Notable players who were previously not ranked or relatively lower have made significant strides in their rankings, showcasing their prowess in T20 cricket.

1. Yashasvi Jaiswal (India)

Rank in 2024: 6 (From not ranked in 2022)
Significance: Jaiswal, making his debut in August 2023, has been a revelation in T20Is, accumulating 502 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of 161.93. His explosive batting style and consistent performances have propelled him to the top echelons of T20 batting, ranking sixth globally.

2. Travis Head (Australia)

Rank in 2024: 16 (From 587 in 2022)
Significance: Head’s phenomenal rise from a rank of 587 in 2022 to 16 in 2024 highlights his remarkable improvement. The left-handed opener has been instrumental for Australia, solidifying his position with impressive performances.

3. Phil Salt (England)

Rank in 2024: 2 (From 139 in 2022)
Significance: Salt’s ascent to the second position in the batting rankings underscores his exceptional form in T20 cricket. With 407 runs in just nine matches at an average of over 50 and a strike rate of 168.18, Salt’s consistency and big-hitting ability have earned him a place among the top batters globally.

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Bowling rankings transformation

In addition to the batting changes, notable shifts have also occurred in the bowling rankings, with several players making substantial improvements in their positions.

1. Gudakesh Motie (West Indies)

Rank in 2024: 27 (From 1150 in 2022)
Significance: Motie’s remarkable rise in the bowling rankings, climbing 1123 places, showcases his outstanding performances for the West Indies. With 13 wickets in seven games at an economy rate of 6.88, Motie’s contributions have been pivotal in the team’s success.

2. Kuldeep Yadav (India)

Rank in 2024: 24 (From 127 in 2022)
Significance: Kuldeep’s resurgence after being out of favor with the selectors has been noteworthy. With 15 wickets in his last 10 games, averaging 14.33 and conceding runs at a rate of just 6.35, Kuldeep has regained his form and established himself as a potent bowling asset for India.

3. Imad Wasim (Pakistan)

Rank in 2024: 38 (From 107 in 2022)
Significance: Wasim’s decision to reverse his retirement and return to cricket has paid dividends, as reflected in his rise in the bowling rankings. His stellar performances have contributed significantly to his team’s success, earning him a higher rank in the bowling department.

All-rounders rankings transformation

In the realm of all-rounders, while the top 10 rankings have remained relatively stable, there have been noteworthy changes outside this bracket, with several players making substantial advancements in their rankings.

1. Roston Chase ( West Indies)

Rank in 2024: 35 (From 268 in 2022)
Significance: Chase’s remarkable improvement, climbing 233 places in the all-rounder rankings, highlights his valuable contributions with both bat and ball. His versatility and consistent performances have elevated his ranking significantly.

2. Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan)

Rank in 2024: 45 (From 217 in 2022)
Significance: Omarzai’s rise into the top 50 in the all-rounder rankings underscores his emergence as a promising talent for Afghanistan. His impressive performances have earned him recognition on the global stage.

3. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Rank in 2024: 38 (From 195 in 2022)
Significance: Mathews’ resurgence and subsequent rise in the all-rounder rankings reflect his impactful return to the T20I team. With his experience and skill set, Mathews has been a valuable asset for Sri Lanka, contributing significantly with both bat and ball.

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