Pakistan's Babar Azam displaces Aaron Finch to become top-ranked T20I batsman

Waseem Ahmed 19:53 29/10/2018
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Babar Azam: The new No1 ranked batsman in T20 cricket.

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has once again reclaimed the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings for batsmen in the latest update released on Monday.

The Pakistan stalwart had a prolific time in the side’s 3-0 clean sweep of Australia in the UAE where he registered scores of 68no, 45 and 50 in the three matches.

The 163 runs scored by the right-hander in Pakistan’s thumping series win has seen him make a jump of four spots in the latest rankings to displace Aaron Finch as the No1 batsman in the format.

The Australia skipper had a poor time with the bat in the series loss and could muster a paltry total of only four runs from his three innings. That dismal showing has seen Finch drop down to the No2 spot.

Babar’s compatriot and fellow T20 opener Fakhar Zaman has also slid down the ranking charts and the left-hander now occupies the fifth spot after being ranked in the second position before the start of the series.

England opener Jason Roy is another batsman who has made big gains in the latest rankings with the right-hander’s 36-ball 69 in the T20 win over Sri Lanka catapulting him into the top 10. The Englishman has risen five spots to climb to the ninth spot in the rankings.

In the bowlers’ department, there are now five leg-spinners occupying the top five spots. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan, New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi and India’s Yuzvendra Chahal have retained their top four ranks while England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has jumped to the fifth spot in the table.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim has marked his return to the T20 outfit after almost a year out by jumping to the 10th spot in the bowlers’ rankings.

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