Paul Stirling's 420 runs in January against UAE and Afghanistan have seen him reach the top 20 of the ICC rankings.

The Irish opener is in the form of his life, now having made four hundreds in his last six innings, which is reflected in his rise of eight places.

He is now the leading Ireland run scorer of all-time overhauling previous captain William Porterfield, whose record of 11 ODI centuries was also overhauled by 'Stirlo'.

The valiant effort in the series whitewash against Afghanistan, has taken him to the top of the run aggregate in the World Cup Super League championship with 441 runs in six matches.

In other gains for Ireland players, Curtis Campher has advanced 81 places and is 100th among batsmen.

Andy McBrine has gained two slots to reach 33rd position and Simi Singh has progressed 30 places to reach 64th among bowlers.

Ireland are next in action when they travel to Zimbabwe in March/April, while Ireland A aka Wolves are due to tour Bangladesh starting in the middle of February.