Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Rizwan has replaced skipper Babar Azam as the top T20 batter in the latest ICC Men’s T20 ranking.
Babar Azam has dropped down to the second number, where Rizwan was previously. Rizwan has now ascended to the top position in the list; skipper Azam dropped in the rankings following his consecutive underperformance in the last three Asia Cup 2022 matches. Babar Azam needs to score big in the upcoming matches to jump back to the top spot.
Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan are an opening pair for the Pakistani cricket team; their consistent strong partnership has strengthened the batting side of Pakistan. For the year, Pakistan had struggled to have a stable opening pair. Babar Azam and Rizwan have been building games for Pakistan for the past year.
Babar Azam ruled the top position for 1000 days; now, he is down to the second position with 794 points. Muhammad Rizwan is leading the board with 815 points. Rizwan has become the third Pakistani batter to top the ICC T20I rankings after Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. Rizwan scored 78 and 71 in the matches against Hong Kong and India. Pakistan’s Shadab Khan has also moved up a spot to the 14th spot after his spectacular performances against India and Hong Kong.
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India’s Suryakumar Yadav has dropped to the fourth spot from the third in the ICC ranking after the defeat from Sri Lanka last night.
Yesterday, Babar Azam was all praise for Muhammad Rizwan. Babar Azam said that Rizwan was playing extravagantly despite the injury. Skipper said he is proud to have a player like Rizwan on the team and called Muhammad Rizwan a ‘warrior’ while talking to the media in UAE. “I feel proud to have warriors like Rizwan,” said Azam.