Pakistan skipper Babar Azam regains the T20I crown in the ICC ranking

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam with three half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup has left behind England’s Dawid Malan to regain the shortest format crown in ICC Men’s T20I Players Rankings.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam after scoring a brilliant three half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup has left behind England’s Dawid Malan to regain the top spot in the ICC Men’s T20I Players Rankings.

Babar has scored 51 runs against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia to lead the 2009 champions into the semifinals, has gained the top for the sixth time throughout his career. 

The 27-year-old had first attained top position in the T20I rankings on 28 January 2018. He is also ranked No. 1 in the ODIs.

Babar has a total of 834 rating points that keeps him 36 points ahead of Dawid Malan but Babar’s career-best rating points remain 896 that he achieved after scoring 65 against England at Cardiff on 5 May 2019. Malan had been in the top place since 29 November last year.

England’s unbelievable performance in the T20 World Cup too reflected in the points table as the opener Jos Buttler and Jason Roy has moved up the places. 

Buttler has gained eight positions to reach the career-best ninth position after smashing his maiden T20I hundred against Sri Lanka while Roy is up to five places to 14th.

Meanwhile, there is a new bowler in the town who has occupied the top spot for the very first time. Sri Lanka’s leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has topped the bowling charts for the first time in his career after two successive three-wicket hauls against South Africa and England. 

He has replaced South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who was at the top of the table since 10 April this year.

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The top four bowlers in the rankings are all wrist spinners, with England’s Adil Rashid overtaking Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to take third place with a career-best 730 rating points. A fast bowler who has made rapid rise is South Africa’s Anrich Nortje, who has gained 18 slots to reach the seventh position.

At the top of the all-rounders’ table, Mohammad Nabi has caught up with Shakib Al Hasan on 271 rating points. Hasaranga is fourth on this list.

Batters

  1. Aaron Finch of Australia up to three places to third
  2. Richard Berrington of Scotland up one place to 21st
  3. Rohit Sharma of India up one place to 23rd
  4. Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan up two places to 27th
  5. David Miller of South Africa up six places to 33rd
  6. Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies up nine places to 38th
  7. Craig Williams of Namibia up nine places to 44th
  8. Kane Williamson of New Zealand up six places to joint-46th
  9. Temba Bavuma of South Africa up 35 places to 52nd

Bowlers

  1. Chris Jordan of England up four places to ninth
  2. Ish Sodhi of New Zealand up six places to 10th
  3. Mitchell Santner of New Zealand up four places to 17th
  4. Jasprit Bumrah of India up 10 places to joint-24th
  5. Imad Wasim of Pakistan up 10 places to 26th
  6. Shadab Khan of Pakistan up six places to 27th
  7. Dwaine Pretorius of South Africa up 65 places to 34th
  8. Shoriful Islam of Bangladesh up 77 places to 38th
  9. Mitchell Starc of Australia up eight places to 40th
  10. Trent Boult of New Zealand up 32 places to 41st
  11. Safyaan Sharif of Scotland up five places to 44th
  12. Jan Frylinck of Namibia up 13 places to 48th
  13. Jason Holder of the West Indies up 19 places to 50th

All-rounders

  1. Liam Livingstone of England up 57 places to 10th

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