Rizwan displaces Babar as top-ranked T20I batsman

A new batsman topped the MRF Tires ICC men’s player rankings for T20I following his outstanding performances in the Asian Cup.

Mohammad Rizwan has become the new world number 1 T20I batsman, displacing Babar Azam at the top of the charts. Rizwan has been in impressive form in the Asian Cup and led the running charts with 192 runs in 3 matches.

Rizwan was Pakistan’s mainstay with the bat in their matches against Hong Kong and India, scoring 78* and 71 respectively in their consecutive wins. His performances have seen him earn a spot and overtake Babar, who has been on a losing streak in the tournament so far.

Rizwan becomes the third Pakistani batsman to top the T20I standings after Babar and Misbah-ul-Haq. Babar has topped the T20I batting charts for 1,155 days in his career (as of September 7).

In other big moves up the batting list, Pathum Nissanka earned a spot as high as No. 8, following his brilliant run in the Asian Cup. Nissanka has posted scores of 20, 35 and 52 in his last three matches, with his latest performance helping Sri Lanka beat India in a Super Four encounter.

Afghanistan starter Rahmanullah Gurbaz is one of the biggest movers, rising fourteen places to No.15, buoyed by his 84th against Sri Lanka in the Super Four clash. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma also moves up four places to 13th after his 72nd against Sri Lanka.

On the bowling charts, spinners from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have been the biggest winners after their stellar performances. Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s 2/30 has helped him gain three places, moving up to 6th place along with Akeal Hosein.

Maheesh Theekshana has been at his best financially during the Asian Cup, going 1/23, 1/29 and 1/29 in the last three matches and has been amply rewarded. He breaks into the top ten and moves up five places to No. 8. Shadab Khan also moves up one place to No. 14 after 4/8 and 2/31 against Hong Kong and India respectively.

David Warner has earned a spot, moving up to No.6 in the batting rankings, largely thanks to his 94th against Zimbabwe in the third ODI.

Mitchell Starc moves up three places in the bowling rankings to No.12 after collecting five wickets in his last three ODIs.

Glenn Maxwell moves up one place to No. 9 on the full list after posting figures of 4/52 in the first ODI against New Zealand, where Australia prevailed in a thriller.


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