Babar rises one spot up in ICC Men’s T20I batting rankings

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has moved up one spot in the T20I Rankings for batters after the latest update by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Azam is now at third place on the rankings. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has dropped one spot to fourth.

Pacer Shaheen Afridi has slipped one spot to 12th on the ICC Bowlers’ rankings. Fellow pacer Haris Rauf has also dropped two places to 26th. However, spinner Imad Wasim has jumped five spots to 34.

Amir has jumped 65 spots to 82, meanwhile Naseem has moved up 21 spots to joint 43rd on the list of bowlers.

Imad has also jumped one spot to 11th on the T20I all-rounder’s rankings. However, Shadab Khan has fallen three spots to 14th.

“Veteran Mohammad Nabi is the big winner in the latest rankings update, with the 39-year-old rising to the No.1 spot on the list for all-rounders following his recent two-wicket haul against New Zealand in Guyana,” the ICC said in a press release.

“Nabi jumps up two places to first on the updated T20I rankings for all-rounders, with Australia’s Marcus Stoinis rising three places to claim second spot and previous No.1-ranked player Shakib Al Hasan drooping four rungs to fifth as a result of the major shake-up at the top.

“It’s not just Nabi who is making the most of Afghanistan’s impressive start to the T20 World Cup, with a trio of his teammates also making good ground on the latest rankings for T20I batters and bowlers.

“Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the leading run-scorer at the T20 World Cup thus far with 156 runs from two innings and the in-form right-hander moves up eight places to 12th and reaches a new career-high rating on the updated list for T20I batters.

“India’s Suryakumar Yadav remains well out in front of the T20I batter rankings, with Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up one place to third), England’s Jos Buttler (up two spots to fifth), West Indies’ Brandon King (up one rung to seventh) and Australia’s Travis Head (up six spots to 10th) all gaining ground inside the top 10 following good starts to the tournament.

“Afghanistan duo Rashid Khan (up four spots to third) and Fazalhaq Farooqi (up six places to to equal fourth) make progress following excellent showings at the T20 World Cup, while South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje (up four rungs to equal fourth) also makes ground on the back of his eight wickets from three matches.”

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