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ICC T20I rankings: Babar Azam become new No. 1 batsman


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ICC T20I rankings: Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Friday dethroned England batter Dawid Malan to become the new No. 1 batsman in the latest rankings.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Friday climbed to the No.1 spot in the ICC Men’s T20I batting rankings, with Wanindu Hasaranga atop with the ball for the first time in his career. Babar has played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup charge, making 198 runs across four innings, averaging 66 at a strike rate of 124.52.

Sitting in second in last week’s rankings, Babar moved up 14 points (to 834), pushing past Dawid Malan, who slid from 831 to 798. Pakistan have made the ideal start to the tournament, winning their first four matches in style with Babar at the helm.

Elsewhere in the batting rankings, Jos Buttler made a jump of eight spots to 9th off the back of his 214 runs in UAE – the most in the tournament. Aaron Finch (733 points) has moved up three places to third.

Other big climbers with the bat include Jason Roy (up to five places to 14th), David Miller moving up six places to 33rd, and South African captain Temba Bavuma, leaping 35 spots to 52nd on the list.

There was also a change at the top of the T20I bowling rankings, with Wanindu Hasaranga overtaking Group 1 tournament rival Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa.

Taking 14 wickets in Sri Lanka’s seven T20 World Cup matches thus far, Hasaranga claimed a hat-trick against South Africa, doing his damage at an economy of just 5.26. Other big movers include South Africa’s Anrich Nortje (up 18 spots to 7th), teammate Dwaine Pretorius (up 65 spots to 34th) and Shoriful Islam of Bangladesh, leaping 77 places to 38th.

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