Quinton de Kock was the chief architect with the bat in South Africa’s 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka, finishing as the top scorer in the recently concluded series.
The wicketkeeper-batter accumulated 153 runs at an average of 153 and a healthy strike rate of 121.42. His solid display has seen him jump four places to the eighth spot in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Rankings for batters.
His fellow opener, Reeza Hendricks, who was the second-highest run-scorer in the series with 112 runs, too moved up the batting charts and broke into the top 20. Aiden Markram was another Proteas player who made huge gains in the latest rankings updates, climbing 12 spots to become the 11th ranked batter in T20Is.
Kusal Perera was one of the few bright spots in the series for Sri Lanka. Back after nursing a shoulder injury, he made an instant impact upon his return, scoring 69 runs in two matches and jumped 10 places to No.39.
In the bowlers’ rankings, the top wicket-taker of the series, Bjorn Fortuin, gained a whopping 103 places to break into the top 50.
There was some movement in the rankings after the completion of the T20I series between Bangladesh and New Zealand. Blackcaps skipper Tom Latham and Finn Allen both attained career-high rankings, finishing 44th and 66th respectively. Bangladesh’s Mohammad Naim and Mahmud Ullah too jumped three spots each to No.24 and No.29 respectively.
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga who had 764 points before the South Africa series has lost some points but retains the No 2 ranking. (NewsWire)