Shanto rewarded with career-best T20I ranking after England series

Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto notched his third T20I fifty as the Tigers won the three-match T20I series opener against England by six wickets at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on March 9, 2023. The 24-year-old seemed largely in control during his 30-ball 51 -- his second fifty on the trot that was laced with eight fours -- that helped set the tone for Bangladesh’s first T20I win against England. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

After helping Bangladesh complete a series sweep over world champions England in the shortest format, top-order batter Najmul Hossain Shanto earned big gains in the T20I batting rankings. 

In the Tigers' 3-0 T20I series triumph against England, Shanto remained the top run-getter with 144 runs to his name. His scores of 51, 46*, and 47* in the three matches, respectively, saw him shoot up 68 spots to 16th – his career-best T20I ranking. His rating point of 593 is also the highest ever gained by the batter in the format. 

Opener Liton Das, who redeemed himself after a string of poor performances with a match-winning 73 in the third and final T20I against England in Mirpur on Tuesday, also moved nine places up to 22, with a rating point of 566, in the batting rankings. 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman and skipper Shakib Al Hasan moved up in the T20I bowling rankings. 

Following a dismal ODI series, Mustafizur bounced back in the format he enjoys the most, scalping three wickets in the three-match T20I series against England. With an economy rate of 5.58, he remained the most economical of the players who played in all three of the matches in the series. The left-armer's most impressive performance was reserved for the final T20I, in which he played a pivotal role in turning the tie in the Tigers' favour with a crucial over in the middle. As a result of his efforts, he moved 16 places to 20th in the T20I bowling rankings. 

The ever-reliable Shakib, on the other hand, advanced nine spots to 24 on the same list. 


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