Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has emerged as a fearsome force in the shortest format, topping the latest ICC Men’s T20I Bowlers’ rankings. With a rating of 792, he has risen to two positions. The tall pacer has advanced as a result of his recent achievements in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, where he completed with six wickets.
Hazlewood’s outstanding efforts with the ball in hand in the island nation enabled him to defeat South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and England leggie Adil Rashid. While Shamsi fell two spots to third place with a rating of 733, Adil has risen to second place with a rating of 746.
It should be remembered that Josh Hazlewood debuted in T20Is in 2013. He was, however, in and out of the Australian squad and was only considered for Test and ODI matches. Furthermore, from 2016 to 2020, the 31-year-old did not play any T20I cricket for the Australians.
At the same time, previous to Josh Hazlewood, former Australian left-arm pacer Nathan Bracken was the last bowler from the country to hold the top rank in T20Is, which occurred in 2008.
While the star pacer has excelled in the last two IPL seasons for the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, it was during the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE that he began to peak in international T20s. Hazlewood finished the competition as the tournament’s joint fourth-highest wicket-taker, with 11 scalps. Australia won their first T20 World Cup, defeating New Zealand in the final.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (709) and Australian leggie Adam Zampa (698) are fourth and sixth, respectively. South African pacer Anrich Nortje (672) and the Sri Lankan duo of Wanindu Hasaranga (668) and Maheesh Theekshana (669) hold the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively (647). Ashton Agar (640) of Australia and Nasum Ahmed (637) of Bangladesh round out the bowlers’ standings.