ZIMBABWE International right-handed batsmen all-rounder, Hamilton Masakadza has been rated as the best batsmen in the country.
According to International Cricket Council (ICC) world rankings which were last updated on the 26th of December, the former Zimbabwe T20 team captaina��s ratings may come as a surprise, but the all-rounder is the 10th best T20 cricketer in the world.
He shrugs off stiff competition from big names like West Indies legend Chris Gayle who is ranked 14 and South African duo of Hashim Amla and Abraham Benjamin De Villiers (A.B de Villiers) who are ranked 11 and 32 respectively.
Masakadza, who made his international debut in 2000-01 at the age of 17 against West Indies in a match where he scored a total of 119 runs becoming the youngest ever cricketer to score a century on test debut is also leading the pack of Zimbabwean batsmen as he is ranked 52nd in the world followed by Craig Ervine who is four places behind him.
Regis Chakabva, Tino Mawoyo and Peter Joseph Moor are also part of the best 100 in test cricket, occupying the 84th, 85th and 96th spots respectively.
The top-order batsman (Masakadza) also occupies the 66th place in terms of worlda��s best test bowlers with Indiaa��s Ravichandran Ashwin occupying the first position.
In terms of One Day International (ODI) cricket, Pakistani-born Zimbabwean right-hand batsman, Sikandar Raza leads Zimbabwean batsmen as he is ranked 49th with Sean Williams and Craig Ervine following on 57th and 61st position respectively.
Masakadza is ranked 66 in ODI cricket with South Africaa��s A.B de Villiers occupying the first place.
The former Churchill High School student who had initially taken some time-out from the sport to pursue his studies at the University of Free State and came back to the Zimbabwean side in 2004 up to present day.
He, along with Sean Williams, Graeme Cremer and Craig Ervine now form the core of the team since the departure of another prolific batsman, Brandon Taylor.
Top 5 Zimbabwe Batsmen
Hamilton Masakadza (10)
Malcom Waller (22)
Elton Chigumbura (41)
Sean Williams (63)
Vusumuzi Sibanda (67)
Hamilton Masakadza (52)
Craig Ervine (58)
Regis Chakabva (84)
Tino Mawoyo (85)
Peter Joseph Moor (96)
Sikandar Raza Butt (49)
Sean Williams (57)
Craig Ervine (61)
Elton Chigumbura (65)
Hamilton Masakadza (66)