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Babar Azam slips another spot in latest ICC T20I batter rankings

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam slipped another spot in ICC T20I rankings for batters, while wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan continues his reign on the top spot.

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, dropped another spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) T20I rankings for batters, but wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan maintained his lead.

Following his elimination on a golden duck in the tense match against India at the T20 World Cup, Babar fell to number four on the most recent ICC list of the top T20 batsmen in the world.

Virat Kohli, an Indian hitter, rose six spots to enter the top 10 as a result of his brilliant game-winning strike in the same match. Following a dismal performance in the T20 World Cup the previous year, Virat Kohli dropped below the top 10 for the first time in months in November 2021. However, early this year in February, Kohli climbed back into the top 10. But in the shortest format of the game, the previous captain’s performance plummeted, causing another drop in the T20I rankings.

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With 849 rating points, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan maintains his position atop the list. With his flawless 92 against Australia, New Zealand’s opening batsman Devon Conway rose three spots to second.

“The innings sees Conway jump past India’s Suryakumar Yadav Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and South Africa veteran Aiden Markram and within striking distance to challenge Rizwan for top billing at a career high rating of 831 rating points,” the ICC said in a press release.

“Allen too is on the move, with his swashbuckling knock against the Aussies helping him improve a whopping 17 places to equal 13th overall on the list for batters,” it added.

No other Pakistani player is ranked among the top 10 batters in the ICC T20I rankings save Rizwan and Babar.

Haris Rauf is Pakistan’s top-ranked T20I bowler, coming in at number 15, according to the ICC rankings. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who is currently in 16th place, is just behind him. No Pakistani player appears in the top 20 spots in the all-rounder rankings.