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Aussie captain Aaron Finch is new No 1 batsman in T20 Rankings

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Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2018, 14:24

The 26-year old is placed behind Australian skipper Aaron Finch and Pakistani batsman Fakhar Zaman who have grabbed first and second spot, respectively.

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England past year and smashed two fifties to help his team qualify for the final where he cracked a century against India in the final to end the contest within the first 35 overs itself. That result also meant that Australia dropped to the third spot as they were overtaken by India after winning the three-match T20I series 2-1.

The T20I Players Rankings for batsmen had a brand new 1-2-3 at the end of the series between England and India, which the visitors won 2-1, and the triangular series in Zimbabwe, where Pakistan beat Australia in the final.

His late departure brought Australia back into the contest, but Malik finished the job with a clever inning to see Pakistan reel in their highest-ever T20 run chase.

Zaman, on the other hand, was responsible for taking Pakistan to a six-wicket win in the tri-series final after slamming a career-best 91 in just 46 balls, which came after a spate of good scores in the series. First, he added 45 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed to take his team out of immediate danger, and he then added 107 for the fourth wicket with Malik to seize the advantage for Pakistan.

Speaking exclusively to Geo.tv, Fakhar said PSL played an important part in growing him as a player.

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Zaman's performance in the tournament was spectacular and his rise in the rankings equally so.

Australia's Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch climbed three spots to top the T20 batsmen's rankings. Finch scored 68*, 172, 16, 3 and 47.

The injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all moved down, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul, while further down on the list, there were more such interesting changes.

Short has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

Australia's D'Arcy Short, Jason Roy of England and Solomon Mire have also achieved career-best rankings following the latest update. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.