Dawid Malan set a new benchmark in the ICC's Twenty20 International Player Rankings after his match-winning display for England against South Africa.
England secured a series sweep of the Proteas on Tuesday as Malan made an unbeaten 99 in a nine-wicket victory with 14 balls to spare.
A world-record second-wicket partnership of 167 with Jos Buttler (67 not out) should have seen Malan rewarded with a second T20I century, only for a miscalculation to see the in-form batsman take a decisive single that left him short.
Regardless, his efforts were sufficient to make history.
This sterling display saw the world number one T20I batsman move to a record 915 points, becoming the first player to pass 900 – the previous high hit by Australia's Aaron Finch in 2018.
He started #SAvENG as the World No.1— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2020
He ends it by making history
Dawid Malan has just achieved the HIGHEST rating points in T20I history
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Malan is 44 points clear of second-placed Babar Azam, the man he overtook at the summit in September.
England are now on top of the team rankings too, edging ahead of Australia on decimal points.
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