ICC Rankings' Top 10 T20I Batsmen in Cricket After 2014 World T20
An international tournament is always a crucial way to see how batsmen stack up against one another, and the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh was no different.
With the best players from around the cricketing world all converging for the three-week jamboree, it was a superb way for individuals to showcase their abilities.
Now that it is over, the player rankings are perhaps the best way to see who the top 10 batsmen in the world are right now in T20 cricket; so let’s take a look at how things shake out.
This list has taken into account the recent World T20 tournament.
10. Suresh Raina, 679 Points
At No. 10 comes Suresh Raina, with the all-rounder having not had the most successful World Twenty20 but still remaining in the top section of the rankings.
He will be hopeful of regaining some consistency, especially with a large number of Indian batsmen all vying for a limited number of places.
9. David Warner, 681 Points
Above Raina comes the Australian opener David Warner, who has enjoyed a fairly decent run of recent scores.
He will be disappointed not to have led his country to the latter stages of the World Twenty20, but he will definitely be encouraged by his recent personal displays.
8. Ahmed Shehzad, 684 Points
The highly rated Ahmed Shehzad has shown enormous potential for Pakistan, and he continues to look impressive in all forms of the game.
His No. 8 ranking here is a reward for a World Twenty20 tournament that saw him hammer an unbeaten century against hosts Bangladesh.
7. J.P. Duminy, 698 Points
Seemingly back in international cricket after some time away, J.P. Duminy has shown himself to be immensely capable in the shortest form of the game.
With a number of recent high scores against the world’s best bowlers, he looks to be somewhere close to the top of his game currently.
6. Faf du Plessis, 714 Points
The explosive Faf du Plessis comes in at No. 6 after a World Twenty20 where he played some very aggressive innings.
That aggression seems to be coupling with a greater consistency. This ranking is a reward for his efforts so far.
5. Kusal Perera, 725 Points
Fresh off Sri Lanka’s victory at the World Twenty20, Kusal Perera comes in at No. 5 after a decent run of form.
The opener has shown himself to be adept at setting a good platform for his side, even in helpful bowling conditions.
4. Brendon McCullum, 777 Points
Still New Zealand’s premier batsman in the shortest form of the game, Brendon McCullum comes in at No. 4 after some typically muscular innings in Bangladesh.
The Black Caps may not have been able to make an impact in the latter stages, but McCullum remains impressive in T20 cricket.
3. Alex Hales, 834 Points
After scoring his first Twenty20 international century for England, Alex Hales is back in the upper echelons of T20 batsmen.
It may have been something of a disappointing tournament for Hales and England in the large part, but his unbeaten 116 was definitely a reason to cheer.
2. Virat Kohli, 889 Points
The most consistent of India’s batsmen in their run to the World Twenty20 final, Virat Kohli looks to be comfortable as his country’s latest batting superstar.
Four half-centuries from six innings speak of a player right in form and enjoying life as India’s batting kingpin.
1. Aaron Finch, 892 Points
Still atop the rankings, but with a reduced lead, comes Aaron Finch of Australia, who had something of an inconsistent time in Bangladesh.
He will be disappointed not to have played more of a role for his country, but he will be heartened to remain at the top of the ICC rankings for T20 batsmen.