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Babar Azam displaces Dawid Malan as No 1 T20I batter

This is the sixth time that Babar has claimed the top spot in the rankings

Babar Azam
Babar Azam ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has leapfrogged England’s Dawid Malan to become the No 1 T20I batter. Babar has lit up the 20-20 World Cup with an outstanding display of batsmanship. Pakistan have enjoyed a magnificent run in the showpiece event so far and Babar has played a pivotal role in taking the team to four consecutive wins. He is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 199 runs in 4 games at an average of 66, including two half-centuries against Afghanistan and Namibia.

This is the sixth time that Babar has claimed the top spot in the rankings. Along with T20Is, Babar is also the No 1 batter in ODIs. The 27-year-old has 834 rating points, 26 ahead of second-placed Dawid Malan.

Meanwhile, another team that has done splendidly well in the tournament is England. Despite being placed in a tough group, the team is yet to lose a game and have cemented their berth in the semifinals. The star for England undoubtedly has been Jos Buttler, who is the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 214 runs to his name. He also scored a magnificent hundred against Sri Lanka. He along with Jason Roy have also gained in the rankings. Buttler has reached career-best ninth position while Roy is up five spots to 14th.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has displaced Tabraiz Shamsi to claim the top spot for the first time in the rankings for the bowlers.

Here are the updated rankings:

Top 10 batters

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Babar Azam Pakistan 834
2 Dawid Malan England 798
3 Aaron Finch Australia 733
4 Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 731
5 Virat Kohli India 714
6 Aiden Markram South Africa 712
7 Devon Conway New Zealand 698
8 KL Rahul India 684
9 Jos Buttler England 678
10 Evin Lewis West Indies 670

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 776
2 Tabraiz Shamsi South Africa 770
3 Adil Rashid England 730
4 Rashid Khan Afghanistan 723
5 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Afghanistan 703
6 Adam Zampa Australia 671
7 Anrich Nortje South Africa 633
8 Ashton Agar Australia 630
9 Chris Jordan England 629
10 Ish Sodhi New Zealand 619

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan 271
1 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 271
3 JJ Smit Namibia 175
4 Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 172
5 Zeeshan Maqsood Oman 160
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