Babar Azam trumps Aaron Finch to become No. 1 T20I batsman

Fakhar Zaman also saw a dip in his ranking.

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Scores of 68*, 45 and 50 in the Twenty20 Internationals against Australia have lifted Babar Azam to the top spot among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Rankings. Azam topped the run-scorers’ chart with 163 runs from three outings, scoring at a strike rate of 117.26, as Pakistan swept Australia 3-0. That lifted him from No.5 to No.1, and pushed down Aaron Finch by a spot and compatriot Fakhar Zaman down to fifth spot, a fall of three places.

The other big mover among the batsmen was Jason Roy, who smashed 69 in 36 balls in England’s 30-run win over Sri Lanka in their one-off fixture – Roy entered the top 10 with a jump of five spots, which put him at No.9 with a career-high 688 rating points.

What about the bowlers?

The most interesting development, however, came in the bowlers’ table, where we now have leg-spinners filling all the top five spots. Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Ish Sodhi and Yuzvendra Chahal held on to their positions in the top four, and were joined by Adil Rashid as the new No.5.

After Roy played the big part in giving England 187/8 on the board, Joe Denly (4/19) and Rashid (3/11) were outstanding as Sri Lanka were limited to 157. Denly was named Player of the Match, and Rashid moved into the top group with a career-best 676 points.

Lots of other bowlers moved up too, including Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, and Australia’s Adam Zampa, but there were two other new faces in the top 10 – Billy Stanlake and Imad Wasim. The big Australian paceman picked up seven wickets in the T20Is against Pakistan and finished at No.9, a gain of nine spots, while the Pakistani left-arm spinner rose 14 spots to No.10.

Wasim’s entry at the 10th spot, remarkably, made it nine spinners in the top ten. Samuel Badree from Windies and South Africa’s Imran Tahir – both leg-spinners – retained their positions at No.7 and No.8 respectively. Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, is at No.6 – the only non-leg-spinner apart from Stanlake and Wasim.

Here are the latest ICC T20I rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Country Points
1  Pakistan 136
2  India 124
3  Australia 118
4  England 118
5  New Zealand 116
6  South Africa 111
7  West Indies 106
8  Afghanistan 92
9  Sri Lanka 87
10  Bangladesh 77
11  Scotland 62
12  Zimbabwe 55
13  UAE 50
14  Netherlands 50
15  Hong Kong 42
16  Oman 39
17  Ireland 34

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Points
1 Babar Azam PAK 844
2 Aaron Finch  AUS 839
3 Lokesh Rahul  IND 812
4 Colin Munro  NZ 801
5 Fakhar Zaman  PAK 793
6 Martin Guptill  NZ 747
7 Glenn Maxwell  AUS 742
8 Alex Hales  ENG 697
9 Jason Roy  ENG 688
10 Rohit Sharma  IND 678

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Points
1 Rashid Khan AFG 793
2 Shadab Khan  PAK 757
3 Ish Sodhi  NZ 700
4 Yuzvendra Chahal  IND 685
5 Adil Rashid  ENG 676
6 Mitchell Santner  NZ 665
7 Samuel Badree  WI 655
8 Imran Tahir  SA 653
9 Billy Stanlake  AUS 640
10 Imad Wasim  PAK 636

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Points
1 Glenn Maxwell AUS 345
2 Mohammad Nabi  AFG 313
3 Shakib Al Hasan  BAN 310
4 JP Duminy  SA 225
5 Marlon Samuels  WI 222