ICC Rankings' Top 10 T20I Bowlers in Cricket After 2014 World T20
With the ICC World Twenty20 now at an end, those bowlers who have most impressed have seen their world ranking improve, while those who did not do so well have suffered as a result.
With 16 teams competing from around the cricketing world, the tournament was the best way to see how bowlers performed, coming up against the best batsmen in the world on what could have been unfamiliar conditions.
With some having done well and others having floundered, the ICC player rankings will show which individuals are at the top of their game right now with the ball in hand.
Read on for the top 10 T20 bowlers in the world right now, taking into account the recent World T20 tournament.
=9. Shahid Afridi, 660 Points
In at joint No. 9 comes Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who remains a very skilled operator in Twenty20 cricket.
He may not have taken many wickets in the recent World T20, but Afridi is still key for his country.
=9. Mohammad Hafeez, 660 Points
Alongside Afridi is his countryman Mohammad Hafeez, who has become a very effective all-rounder in the shortest form of the game.
He was not as successful as he would have liked in Bangladesh, but he is still very important for Pakistan.
8. Nuwan Kulasekara, 661 Points
Seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka comes in at No. 8, just one ranking point above the two Pakistani spinners.
A regular taker of wickets and a handy operator with the new ball, he may be overshadowed by some of his teammates but still does a valuable job.
7. Nathan McCullum, 677 Points
The very skilled New Zealand spinner Nathan McCullum comes in at No. 7, a reward for his ability to take vital wickets and maintain a low economy rate.
He may not be the most well-known cricketer in his family, but McCullum remains consistent and able to draw on a large amount of experience.
6. Mitchell Starc, 689 Points
Left-armer Mitchell Starc was another to not be as successful as he would have liked in Bangladesh, but he remains one of the best T20 bowlers in the world.
If he can stay healthy, he will surely become one of Australia’s most important seam bowlers.
5. Sachithra Senanayake, 709 Points
Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake is another who was a little inconsistent in Bangladesh but remains highly rated by the ICC.
However, he was able to maintain a low economy rate even when not taking wickets, so he will be greatly encouraged by his showings recently.
=3. Ravichandran Ashwin, 711 Points
Joint-third in our list is Ravichandran Ashwin, with the Indian continuing to enjoy a fruitful time in international cricket.
He may not have been able to lead his country to victory, but his displays and ability to produce with the newer ball are a definite positive for India.
=3. Saeed Ajmal, 711 Points
Alongside Ashwin at No. 3 is Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan, still a highly effective off-spinner even at the age of 36.
It was a solid tournament for Ajmal in Bangladesh, although he will be disappointed not to have taken a few more wickets on helpful pitches.
2. Sunil Narine, 805 Points
West Indian spinners are enjoying quite a revival, led in part by Sunil Narine, who sits at No. 2 in the ICC rankings.
The 25-year-old has assembled a wide array of experience around the world, and it is definitely standing him in good stead in international cricket.
1. Samuel Badree, 846 Points
Above Narine comes another West Indian spinner who has been very impressive in recent months—Samuel Badree.
Maintaining a happy knack of picking up wickets at regular intervals, Badree is clearly making up for lost time after a late arrival into international cricket.