The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, apart from deciding six teams for next year’s T20 World Cup, proved to be a perfect platform for participating cricketers to showcase their potential.
Across 51 games, several instances of individual brilliance stood out, and the top performances are reflected in the latest update to the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Rankings, released on Monday, 11 November.
Netherlands’ veteran par-excellence, Ryan ten Doeschate, enjoyed a stunning run, helping his team qualify and finish as tournament winners. With 233 runs at 46.60, ten Doeschate leaped 117 spots to break into the top 100, placing himself on the 70th spot on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Rankings for batsmen. Colin Ackermann, who also starred in the final, rose 43 spots to No.107.
Their teammates Paul van Meekeren (up two to No.40) and Roelof van der Merwe (up 10 to No.43), who were also in the Team of the Tournament, made strides in the bowling charts. Van der Merwe, leading Netherlands’ spin charge with aplomb, took 14 wickets all tournament.
Scotland’s George Munsey climbed to be the highest-ranked batsman from the tournament, gaining three points to be 18th. Ireland’s Paul Stirling, their rock at the top of the order and the highest run-getter in the tournament with 291 runs at 41.57, moved five places to reach No.21.
Jatinder Singh, Oman’s top run-getter with 267 runs and third on the list overall, shot up to 46th, moving up by 54 places. His 67* against Hong Kong helped his side seal a spot in Australia.
Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus, Player of the Tournament with 268 runs and three fifties, made a triple-digit jump, leaping 101 places to No.73. He also moved up 67 places on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings for all-rounders, to be 26th.
The rankings reflect just how vital all-rounders were in the tournament. Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (up five places to No.6), Kevin O’Brien (one spot down from seventh) and Collins Obuya (up eight places to No.8) are in the top 10, with Rohan Mustafa, UAE’s man for a crisis, joining Stirling on the 10th spot.
Assad Vala, whose all-round expertise helped Papua New Guinea become the first team from the tournament to qualify for Australia, jumped 55 places to 28th, while JJ Smit, Namibia’s clutch all-rounder and tournament’s third-highest wicket-taker (16 wickets from nine games), made an astonishing leap of 357 rungs, to shoot up to 33rd place. He also jumped by 408 ranks in the batting charts, to reach 129, having ended the tournament with a strike-rate of 168.
Among bowlers, Mark Watt, whose golden arm gave Scotland 12 wickets in seven games, ended as the highest-ranked bowler from the tournament, at No.15. Ireland’s Mark Adair (12 wickets from eight games) follows him at No.21, having leaped 75 points after his exploits in UAE.
Oman’s Bilal Khan, whose searing left-arm pace made him the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, stayed unmoved at No.31.
Bernard Scholtz’s crafty left-arm spin saw him lead the wicket charts for a considerable period in the tournament; he finished with 15 scalps for Namibia in nine games, leaping 146 spots to 63.
Other notable mentions:
Nitish Kumar (Canada) +180, 87th spot
Delray Rawlins (Bermuda) +123, 119th spot
Kinchit Shah (Hong Kong) +161, 152nd spot
Craig Williams (Namibia) +192, 161st spot
Dhiren Gondaria (Kenya) +166, 166th spot
Irfan Karim (Kenya) +235, 182nd spot
Chirag Suri (UAE) +731, 241st spot
Norman Vanua (PNG) +32, 19th spot
Aqib Illyas (Oman) +294, 96th spot
Brandon Glover (Netherlands) +72, 45th spot
Christi Viljoen (Namibia) +112, 133rd spot
Colin Ackermann (Netherlands) +289, 160th spot
Kamau Leverock (Bermuda) +279, 176th spot
Lucas Oluoch (Kenya) +193, 162nd spot