Babar Azam pips Dawid Malan to become No.1 T20I batter in ICC rankings

Hasaranga is on top of the bowlers rankings in T20Is.

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Babar Azam. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s two successive half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have helped him overtake England’s Dawid Malan and grab the No. 1 position for batters in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

Babar, who scored 51 against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia to lead the 2009 champions into the semifinals, is at the top for the sixth time in his career. The 27-year-old had first attained top position in 28 January 2018. He is presently also ranked No. 1 in ODIs.

Babar’s tally of 834 rating points keeps him 36 points ahead of Dawid Malan but Babar’s career best remains 896 rating points that he achieved after scoring 65 against England at Cardiff on 5 May 2019. Malan had been at the top since 29 November last year.

England’s performances in the tournament too reflect in the rankings, with both their openers Jos Buttler and Jason Roy moving up in the latest weekly update. Buttler has gained eight slots to reach a career-best ninth position after smashing his maiden T20I hundred against Sri Lanka while Roy is up five places to 14th.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has topped the bowling charts for the first time in his career after two successive three-wicket hauls against South Africa and England. He replaces South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who was at the top since 10 April this year.

The top four bowlers in the rankings are all wrist spinners, with England’s Adil Rashid overtaking Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to take third place with a career-best 730 rating points. A fast bowler who has made rapid rise is South Africa’s Anrich Nortje, who has gained 18 slots to reach seventh position.

At the top of the all-rounders’ table, Mohammad Nabi has caught up with Shakib Al Hasan on 271 rating points. Hasaranga is fourth in this list.

Here are the updated rankings:

Top 10 batters

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Babar Azam Pakistan 834
2 Dawid Malan England 798
3 Aaron Finch Australia 733
4 Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 731
5 Virat Kohli India 714
6 Aiden Markram South Africa 712
7 Devon Conway New Zealand 698
8 KL Rahul India 684
9 Jos Buttler England 678
10 Evin Lewis West Indies 670

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 776
2 Tabraiz Shamsi South Africa 770
3 Adil Rashid England 730
4 Rashid Khan Afghanistan 723
5 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Afghanistan 703
6 Adam Zampa Australia 671
7 Anrich Nortje South Africa 633
8 Ashton Agar Australia 630
9 Chris Jordan England 629
10 Ish Sodhi New Zealand 619

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan 271
1 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 271
3 JJ Smit Namibia 175
4 Wanindu Hasaranga Sri Lanka 172
5 Zeeshan Maqsood Oman 160

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