Lewis eases into top five in T20Is

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

– At­tack­ing West Indies opener Evin Lewis has climbed into the top five of the ICC Twenty20 batting rank­ings but cham­pion off-spin­ner Su­nil Narine has lost ground.

In the lat­est rank­ings re­leased Fri­day, the left-handed Lewis jumped one place to fifth, on 753 ratings points.

Lewis has emerged as one of the Windies most de­pend­able play­ers in the short­est for­mat, fol­low­ing his de­but two years ago.

In his last three T20 In­ter­na­tional in­nings, he has lashed a hun­dred and two half-cen­turies.

The 26-year-old is the only Caribbean player in the top 20, with vet­eran righthander Mar­lon Sa­muels the next high­est ranked bats­man at 24th.

In the bowl­ing rank­ings, leg-spin­ner


Samuel Badree has re­mained steady at num­ber four, de­spite tak­ing two wick­ets in his last four T20 In­ter­na­tion­als.

The 37-year-old, once the top-rated T20 bowler, now sits be­hind num­ber one Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, with an­other leg-spin­ner Shadab Khan of Pak­istan in se­cond spot.

There was no such good for­tune for Narine, how­ever, who slipped four places to 18th in the rank­ings.

The 30-year-old is one of the world’s finest spin­ners in the short­est for­mat but has not played for West Indies since the one-off T20 In­ter­na­tional against Eng­land last Septem­ber.

He and Badree are the only two Windies play­ers in the top 20, with cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite the next best po­si­tioned at 26th.

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