Babar Azam became the No. 1 batsman in the world.

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Dubai: Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Wednesday surpassed England’s David Milan to become the world’s top-ranked T20I batsman, revealing the latest ICC men’s T20I player rankings.

Babar now tops the ICC T20I batsmen’s rankings with 834 points and Milan is second with 798 points.

Two consecutive half-centuries in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 have helped the batsman to overtake Malan to take the No. 1 position.

Babar, who scored 51 against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia and led the 2009 champions to the semi-finals, is at the top for the sixth time in his career. The 27-year-old first topped the list on January 28, 2018. He is also currently ranked No. 1 in ODIs.

With Babar’s 834 rating points, he is 36 points ahead of Dawood Milan, but Babar’s career-best 896 rating points are the ones he scored after scoring 65 against England in Cardiff on May 5, 2019. Milan has been at the top since November 29 last year.

ICCT 20 rankings: Babar Azam became the No. 1 batsman in the world.

England’s performance in the tournament is also reflected in the rankings, with both openers Jose Butler and Jason Roy leading the way in the latest weekly updates.

Butler has scored eight places to reach his career-best ninth position after scoring his first T20I century against Sri Lanka, while Roy is 14th, up five places.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan league spinner Venando Hasaranga topped the bowling chart for the first time in his career after taking two or three wickets in a row against South Africa and England. He will replace Tabriz Shamsi of South Africa, who has been at the top since April 10 this year.

The top four bowlers in the rankings are all wrist spinners, with England’s Adil Rashid taking third place with a career-best 730 rating points, surpassing Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. One fast bowler who has made rapid progress is South Africa’s Enrich Nortje, who finished seventh with 18 slots.

Muhammad Nabi tops the list of all-rounders with Shakib Al Hasan with 271 rating points. Hasranga is fourth on the list.



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