New Zealand’s Munro, Sodhi top ICC T20I rankings


DUBAI: New Zealand’s Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi have started the year with a bang after vaulting to the top of the ICC T20I Player Rankings for batsmen and bowlers respectively, following stellar performances in the series against the West Indies, which recently concluded at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.
Munro finished as the leading run-getter in the series with 223 runs at a strike-rate of just over 197, including a 53-ball 104 in the last match, while Sodhi grabbed three wickets, including two for 25 in the third T20I.
Munro, for his consistent form, has been rewarded with a jump of 11 places, which has put him in number-one position for the first time in his career.
In the process, Munro has leapfrogged team-mates Kane Williamson, who has slipped two places to seventh, and Martin Guptill, who has conceded one place to drop out of the top-10 in 11th position. Munro has collected 137 points in the series and now leads second-ranked Aaron Finch of Australia by nine points with India’s third-ranked Virat Kohi another eight points behind.
Sodhi, in contrast, has leaped from 10th to first, achieving a personal milestone of topping the bowlers’ rankings for the first time in his career. The wrist-spinner earned 70 points for his efforts, which has put him seven points ahead of second-ranked Imad Wasim of Pakistan. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is ranked third, just two points behind his Asian neighbour.
Munro is the third New Zealand batsman to surge to the top of the T20I batting table after Brendon McCullum and Guptill, while Sodhi is the third Black Caps bowler to rise to the top after Daniel Vettori and Shane Bond.
Munro and Sodhi are also the second New Zealand pair to top the T20I batting and bowling tables at the same time after McCullum and Vettori had simultaneously topped the batting and bowling tables in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
There is no change in the top three of the all-rounders’ list, which is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Glenn Maxwell of Australia and Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan are ranked second and third, respectively.