Charismatic Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav has continued his recent aspiration to become the best T20I batter in the world after overtaking Pakistani skipper Babar Azam in the latest ICC Men’s Player Rankings on Wednesday.
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Suryakumar impressed with a fine 46 for India during their loss to Australia at Mohali in the opening game of their three-game series on Tuesday and it helped him to third place with 780 points in the T20I batter ranking. The Indian is only behind Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan (825 points) and South African Aiden Markram (792).
Rizwan, the number 1 batter of the T20I, suffered half a century on Tuesday in Pakistan’s loss to England in Karachi.
Babar dropped to fourth in the final ranking after his underpowered Asia Cup in the UAE and a return of 31 against England in the series opener in Karachi, while England’s Dawid Malan (725) and Australian skipper Aaron Finch (715) the round from a top six.
A large number of players from India and Australia made great strides in the latest set of T20I rankings, while players from England and Pakistan also stood out.
Explosive India star Hardik Pandya zoomed 22 places to 65th overall in the batter rankings after his stellar unbeaten 71 against the Aussies, while teammate Axar Patel shot up 24 places to 33rd on the bowlers’ list after collecting three wickets in the same match .
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Australian sailor Josh Hazlewood maintains his place as the No. 1 bowler and the right armer showed his prowess with the key wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in that high-scoring clash.
England spinner Adil Rashid remains in third place behind Hazlewood and second-seeded Tabraiz Shamsi after a two-wicket haul against Pakistan, as returning veteran opener Alex Hales re-enters the T20I batters’ table after a three-year hiatus of 20-years. on international cricket.
The speedy Haris Rauf of Pakistan rises four places to 21st on the latest T20I bowlers list after a strong performance against England, while team-mate Mohammad Nawaz jumps three places to 31st.