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Babar Azam reclaimed number-one batting ranking

Lahore : Pakistan opener Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one batting ranking while wrist spinner Shadab Khan has vaulted into second position for the first time in his career in the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released on Wednesday afternoon following the conclusion of Pakistan versus Windies series in Karachi on Tuesday.

Babar, who captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, was in stellar form when he scored 17, 97 not out and 51 as Pakistan consolidated their position at the top of the team rankings following a 3-0 series win. For this consistency Babar was adjudged player of the series and was also rewarded with a jump of two places, which has made him the highest-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game for the second time in less than 10 weeks.

Babar had first surged to the top on 28 January following the series against New Zealand, before Glenn Maxwell of Australia went top during the Australia-New Zealand-England T20I tri-series on 7 February. New Zealand’s Colin Munro finished the series on 24 February as the number-one ranked batsman.

When Babar topped the batting rankings in January, he had become the second Pakistan batsman after Misbah-ul-Haq (2008-2009) to claim the coveted number-one position.

For his efforts in Karachi, Babar earned 95 points, which put him ahead of Munro and Maxwell. Babar now leads Munro by 80 points, while Maxwell is another two points behind.

Other players to make an upward movement following this series include Shoaib Malik (32nd, up by four places), Fakhar Zaman (50th, up by 15 places), Hussain Talat (has entered in 54th spot) and Chadwick Walton (98th, up by 11 places).

In the bowling table, Shadab Khan has rocketed 10 places to second following his five wickets in the series. Shadab, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, collected 125 points from the just-concluded series, which has put him just 26 points behind fellow wrist spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, who interestingly is just 14 days older than Shadab.

It is also interesting to point out that six of the seven top-ranked bowlers are wrist spinners (Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ish Sodhi, Samuel Badree and Imran Tahir), while sixth-ranked Michael Santner of New Zealand is a left-arm spinner.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali are also on the charge in the latest rankings. Amir has lifted 15 places to 12th, while Hasan has jumped 10 places to a career-high 30th position.

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz is the biggest mover in the latest rankings. The 24-year-old took four wickets in the series, which has helped him to rise 66 places to a career-high 53rd rank.

Other bowlers to improve their rankings include Kesrick Williams (57th, up by seven places), Faheem Ashraf (68th, up by 24 places) and Shoaib Malik (82nd, up by five places).

Glenn Maxwell is the number-one ranked all-rounder, while Shoaib Malik is Pakistan’s highest-ranked all-rounder in ninth position after moving up by two places. Windies’ Marlon Samuels has slipped one place to fifth.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have opened up a four-point advantage over second-ranked Australia following a 3-0 win. In contrast, the Windies have dropped from fifth to seven after losing four points.

The annual update of the T20I team rankings will now be carried out on 1 May – all results from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015 will be dropped from calculations, while matches played from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2017 will be weighted at 50 per cent and matches played from 1 May 2017 will be weighted at 100 per cent.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 4 April, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Windies series):

 

Team   Rank                Points

1.      Pakistan           130 (+4)

2.      Australia           126

3.      India                 121

4.      New Zealand     116

5.      England            114

6.      South Africa      111

7.      Windies            111 (-4)

8.      Sri Lanka          89

9.      Afghanistan      88

10.   Bangladesh      77

11.   Scotland           67

12.   Zimbabwe         61

13.   UAE                 52

14.   Netherlands      49

15.   Hong Kong       46

16.   PNG                 39

17.   Oman               38

18.   Ireland              36

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 4 April, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Windies series):

 

BATSMEN (top 10)

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1          (+2)        Babar Azam          Pak         881!       53.00     881 v Win at Karachi 2018

   2          (-1)         Colin Munro          NZ          801         33.51     805 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   3          (-1)         Glenn Maxwell      Aus         799         34.58     801 v NZ at Auckland 2018

   4          ( – )         Aaron Finch          Aus         763         40.20     892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   5          ( – )         Martin Guptill        NZ          747         34.40     793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   6          ( – )         Evin Lewis             Win         691*       36.00     780 v Eng at Durham 2017

   7          ( – )         Alex Hales             Eng         679         31.65     866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   8          ( – )         Virat Kohli             Ind          670         50.84     897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   9          ( – )         M. Shahzad           Afg         653         31.85     706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  10         ( – )         H. Masakadza       Zim         648         29.20     699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

 

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

     1        ( – )         Rashid Khan         Afg         759!       13.72     759 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

   2          (+10)      Shadab Khan        Pak         733*!      15.41     733 v Win at Karachi 2018

   3          (-1)         Y. Chahal              Ind          706!       18.45     706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   4          (-1)         Ish Sodhi               NZ          700         19.33     739 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   5          (-1)         Samuel Badree     Win         671         20.44     855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   6          ( – )         Mitchell Santner    NZ          665         21.37     731 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   7          ( – )         Imran Tahir           SA          650         15.85     795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

   8          ( – )         M. Rahman           Ban         647         18.60     695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

   9          (-4)         Imad Wasim         Pak         637         20.25     780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

  10         ( – )         M. Naveed            UAE       626         17.27     632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          ( – )         Glenn Maxwell      Aus         390        396 v Eng at Melbourne 2018

   2          ( – )         Mohammad Nabi  Afg         292!       292 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

   3          ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         288        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   4          (+1)        JP Duminy            SA          235        276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5          (-1)         Marlon Samuels   Win         229        321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

 

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