India's Suryakumar Yadav became world number one T20I batter for 2 days, shows ICC's data

Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammad Rizwan were tied on 854 rating points on October 3.

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Suryakumar Yadav (Photo Source: Twitter/BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav has been in great form with the bat and he recently moved to the top of the ICC Men’s T20I rankings for batters. However, his stay at that position was short lived until October 3rd when he equalled Mohammed Rizwan’s tally of 854 rating points. The 32-year-old after two consecutive fifties in the series had moved up to top in the rankings, but he was dismissed for just eight runs in the third T20I and dropped 16 rating points in the process.  

The latest updated rankings on October 5th after the final T20I between India and South Africa shows that, Suryakumar dropped one place to second while Rizwan still tops the chart again. The third spot is currently owned by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and a battle to get to the top is expected to intensify in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. 

Suryakumar Yadav's impeccable form in 2022

Coming back to Suryakumar, he has been in the form of his life and has used his 360-degree shots to a greater effect. The dynamic batter has scored the most number of runs in the T20I format this year and his consistency levels have been quite impressive.  

After ending up as the top run scorer in the three-match series for India, Suryakumar bagged the player of the series award and he spoke on the demands of the game.  

“Not really, I didn't check the stats. But I think that was the demand of the game. My friends send these things (stats and numbers) on whatsapp, I don't follow it. The thought process was the same, I just wanted to enjoy. I had to take a step back and build a partnership with him. Didn't work today. DK needed some game time, and I think the way he batted, my number 4 is in trouble. I haven't thought much about it, but I am looking forward to it,” Suryakumar told in the press match conference after the third T20I. 

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