Dubai: New Zealand star Devon Conway has jumped into the top five on the latest MRF Tyres T20I Batter Rankings as the race to be the No.1 batter in the world hots up ahead of the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Devon Conway, the leading run-getter in the ongoing T20I tri-series in New Zealand, jumped into the top five of the MRF Tyres T20I Batting Rankings after the impressive showing in the three-team series.
Conway made an unbeaten 70 against Bangladesh and another unbeaten 49 against Pakistan in the following game to leapfrog Aaron Finch and Dawid Malan and make it to the top five with 760 rating points.
The New Zealand batter closely follows South Africa middle-order batter Aiden Markram, who is at No.4 with 777 points. The top three in the batting rankings remain intact with Mohammad Rizwan, Suryakumar Yadav and Babar Azam holding onto their rankings.
Rizwan started the tri-series with an unbeaten 78, but hasn’t made significant contributions since. His lead over Yadav is now reduced to just 15 rating points and Babar is another 30 points back in third. The upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia should heat up the three-way race for the pole position.
Meanwhile, England quicks Mark Wood and Reece Topley were the big movers in the Bowling Rankings with the latter finishing just outside the top 10 by jumping three places to reach career-best rating points of 646.
Wood, who impressed with his pace after returning from injury, moved 14 places to enter the top 20. At No.18, he is the highest-ranked England pacer after Topley in the T20I bowling rankings.
Wood took 3/34 in the first T20I against Australia after taking six wickets at an average of 7.50 in Pakistan in the seven-match series. Topley, meanwhile, took two wickets in the Perth T20I and is England’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is this year.
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales too gained big points after a 132-run opening stand in the T20I in Perth. Buttler jumped up four places to No.22 while Alex Hales moved into the top 100.