October 5, 2022
Babar Azam is no longer the number 1 T20I batsman in the world.  This star took his place in the ICC rankings


File image of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan together© AFP

India captain Rohit Sharma has moved up three places to 14th among batsmen while Suryakumar Yadav slipped to fourth place among batsmen in the ICC T20 rankings released on Wednesday. Rohit (612 rating points) jumped three places with a 41-ball 72 against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Super 4 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Topping the batting charts is Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (815 rating points), who has displaced his teammate and captain Babar Azam (794 rating points).

Rizwan has scored 192 runs in three matches in the Asia Cup and is the highest run-scorer in the tournament so far.

Suryakumar (775 rating points), apart from his sensational 68 off just 29 balls against Hong Kong, failed to replicate his performances against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the big games.

Star batsman Virat Kohli has gained four places and is in 29th place after scoring 60 runs against Pakistan.

Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (up eight places to 50th) and young pacer Arshdeep Singh (up 28 places to 62nd) have also made progress.

Hardik Pandya remains at the fifth position in the all-rounder’s list. Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nisanka has moved up one place to eighth after scores of 20, 35 and 52.

The 24-year-old scored 52 off 37 balls to help India beat India in a Super Four match on Wednesday.

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Afghanistan batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz also moved up 14 places to 15th after his 84-run knock against Sri Lanka in the Super Four match.

Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood (792 rating points) and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi (256 rating points) top the bowling and all-rounder charts respectively.

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