5 Batsmen who ruled No.1 T20I ranking for many years

5 Batsmen who ruled No.1 T20I ranking for many years

There are batsmen who have found ways to be consistent in T20I cricket. Hence, that reflects in the rankings as well.

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It was in 2005 that Twenty20 internationals kickstarted. Australia played New Zealand in the first-ever game and the format has just got better year after year. In fact, it can be said that T20s have revolutionized the way cricket is played and has grown.

Over the years, there have been multiple batsmen who ruled the roast in the shortest format. T20s are the slam-bang version of cricket and you hardly expect anyone to be very consistent. However, there are batsmen who have found ways to be consistent in T20I cricket. Hence, that reflects in the rankings as well.

Thus, here we take a look back at five batsmen who ruled the No. 1 T20I ranking for a long time.

1. Babar Azam (2018-Present)

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Babar Azam is one of the most exciting batsmen in world cricket at the moment. In fact, he is Pakistan’s best batsman at the moment across all formats. He is moving forward very quickly and has done really well across all three formats.

However, Azam’s consistency is best in the shortest format. Only two cricketers in history have a career average in excess of 50 in T20Is and Azam is one among them. In fact, his average of 54.22 is the best amongst all players who have batted at least 20 times in T20I cricket.

The Pakistan superstar generally opens the batting in the shortest format and invariably gives his team a solid start. There is nothing too fancy about the way he goes about business. Azam plays classical cricket shots and yet scores heavily. He ascended to the top of the ICC T20I Rankings last year in October. He still is at the top and has a created a good gap between him and the second-placed Glenn Maxwell.