Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018:
Babar Azam Credit: Getty Images

Pakistan Cricket Team batsman Babar Azam has stormed to the top among batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I rankings following his consistent runs against Australia.

Azam slammed two half-centuries and a 45 as Pakistan whitewashed Australia 3-0 in the UAE. Furthermore, he topped the run-scorers’ chart with 163 runs from three outings, scoring at a strike rate of 117.26.  That lifted him from No.5 to No.1, and pushed down Aaron Finch by a spot and teammate Fakhar Zaman down to the fifth spot, a fall of three places.

Furthermore, another big mover among the batsmen was Jason Roy. He hammered 69 in 36 deliveries 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.

Must Read – Football Star Sunil Chhetri Lauds Virat Kohli’s Incredible Consistency

Adil Rashid's rise has made it a leg-spinners' top five in the bowling rankings
Getty Images

However, the most interesting thing came up in the bowlers’ list, where the leg-spinners are holding the top five spot. Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Ish Sodhi, and Yuzvendra Chahal held on to their positions in the top four while Adil Rashid joined as the new No.5.

Read More – Nick Compton Questions India’s Strength Without Virat Kohli

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

Pakistan vs Australia, Match Preview
Getty Images

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.

Moreover, Wasim’s entry into the top ten made it nine spinners in the top ten with Samuel Badree and Imran Tahir retaining their spots.

Batting Rankings

Pakistan's Babar Azam Storms To the Top Of the ICC T20I Batsmen List
ICC

Bowler’s Rankings

Pakistan's Babar Azam Storms To the Top Of the ICC T20I Batsmen List
ICC

 

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making...