ICC T20I Rankings: Babar Azam Number One Batsmen, KL Rahul Highest-Ranked Indian Batsman
Riding on the Man of the Series performance in the three-nil clean sweep of Australia, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has moved to the top of the batsmen list in the latest T20I rankings, released by the ICC on Monday. This is the third time, Babar has achieved this feat.
In January this year, Azam topped the ICC’s T20I ranking for the first time after helping Pakistan claim a 2-1 series victory against New Zealand in New Zealand. He had scored 109 runs in that three-match series. Three months later, he rose to the top again after amassing 165 runs in the 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies at home.
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Babar finished the series against Australia with 163 runs which saw him overtake Australian captain Aaron Finch in the latest rankings released today. The Pakistan star now has 844 points — five more than the second-placed Finch (839). KL Rahul is the highest-ranked Indian batsman in the list at third with 812 points.
The other player who has made a significant gain in the rankings is England star Jason Roy. The opener smashed 69 off just 36 balls against Sri Lanka in the one-off T20I, helping his side win the game by 30 runs. The right-hander has entered the top 10 with a jump of five spots, which put him at No.9 with a career-high 688 rating points.
The bowlers’ list, meanwhile, holds an interesting look. Adil Rashid has taken the fifth position which means the top-five positions are held by leg-spinners.
Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Ish Sodhi and Yuzvendra Chahal are currently the top four bowlers in the ICC T20I rankings.
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