5 Players who can replace Babar Azam as the ICC No. 1 T20I batsman
Babar Azam's T20I performances recently took a dip and he's in danger of losing his No.1 rank.
Updated - Oct 23, 2019 2:04 pm
The ace Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is currently the top-ranked T20I batsman of the world. The 25-year-old has consistently performed for the team in the shortest format of the game. Azam has been consistently averaging around 50 in the format. As a result, he has also been named the T20I skipper of the side.
Howbeit, since the past few weeks, everything hasn’t been well for Pakistan cricket. The top-ranked team was whitewashed in their own backyard by the Lankan side in the recently-concluded T20I series. Consequently, the wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed was also sacked from the captaincy post.
Babar Azam couldn’t do much in that series. While on the other hand, many other players around the globe have been performing extremely well in recent times. As a result, it is needless to say that Babar might lose his no. 1 spot in the coming future.
Here, we’ll have a look at the players who can replace Babar Azam as No.1 T20I batsman
1. Rohit Sharma
The year 2019, for Rohit Sharma, has been no less than a fairytale. The Indian vice-captain has been in the form of his life this summer and has tonked runs with consummate ease. Even though the Indian team failed to lift the World Cup-silver this time around, Rohit proved out to be a standout and was the backbone of India’s campaign.
As a skipper, the 32-year-old had successfully led his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to the trophy earlier this year. With the bat, Rohit has scored around 2,000 runs in international cricket thus far this season. However, a large part of these has come in the two bigger formats of the game.
The Mumbai cricketer hasn’t played many a T20Is this time around, but as India next takes on Bangladesh next month which will be followed the NZ tour in January, hence, there are high chances of the ace batsman, sealing the no. 1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings by surpassing Babar Azam. He’s currently ranked No.7 in ICC T20I rankings for batsmen.