Lasith Malinga makes significant gains in latest ICC T20 ranking
Malinga’s five-wicket tour in Friday’s final match included the incredible feat of four consecutive ball wickets. After an exceptional performance in the last T20 against New Zealand, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga went from 41st to 21st in the previous International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking updated on Saturday.
Malinga’s five-wicket course in Friday’s final match, which included the incredible feat of four consecutive ball wickets for the second time in his international career, helped him finish with seven wickets in the series and move from 41st to 21st.
Malinga, along with New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, has made significant strides in the T20I Player Rankings after the conclusion of the three-match series, which New Zealand won 2-1.
Kiwi’s Santner four wickets in the series have helped him enter the top five, to 11th place. Fast-bowling player Tim Southee moved 14 spots to 15th place, while New Zealand all-terrain Colin of Grandhomme won 43 spots to 80 in the last hitter sorting update.
For Sri Lanka, batters Kusal Mendis climbed 33 places to 40th place, and Niroshan Dickwella won 28 places at 54th place. Isuru Udana won three places to 50, and Lakshan Sandakan climbed 30 spots to seventh on the players’ list.
In the ICC T20I Team Rankings, led by Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka remain sixth and eight places with 252 and 229 points respectively.