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Babar Azam Displaces Aaron Finch to Become Top-Ranked T20I Batsman

Cricketnext Staff |October 29, 2018, 4:16 PM IST
Babar Azam Displaces Aaron Finch to Become Top-Ranked T20I Batsman

Babar Azam's excellent run with the bat in the recently concluded three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia where he returned scores of 68*, 45 and 50 has catapulted him to the top of the T20I rankings for batsmen for the third time this year.

Azam was the fulcrum of Pakistan's batting unit in the T20I series which the hosts swept 3-0. He topped the run-getters' chart with 163 runs from three games, scoring at a strike rate of 117.26, on surfaces where batsmen generally found it tough to get going. Entering the three-match series ranked 5, the opener pushed down Aaron Finch by a spot on the chart to reclaim the top spot. His opening partner, Fakhar Zaman, who did not have the best of the times with the bat, slipped from No. 2 to No. 5 on the rankings column.

Meanwhile, Jason Roy's 36-ball 69 in England's 30-run win over Sri Lanka in the only T20I saw him jump five spots to enter into the top 10 of the table. He currently stands on No. 9 with a career-high 688 rating points. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who picked up 3/11 in the game also made significant movement rising four places to finish fifth on the rankings charts with a career-best 676 points giving the table for bowlers a very interesting read.

With Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Ish Sodhi and Yuzvendra Chahal all holding on to their positions in the top four and Adil Rashid now joining them, the top five bowlers on the rankings table are all leg-spinners.

Pakistan's Imad Wasim, who made an immediate impact on return to international cricket after more than a year picking up 4 wickets in three games going at an economy of just 5.08, also moved into the top ten of the table soaring 14 spots to No. 10. His entry makes it nine spinners in the top ten of the rankings table with the only exception being pacer Billy Stanlake. The lanky seamer was one of the few bright sparks for Australia in an otherwise forgettable tour as he returned seven wickets in the three T20Is moving upto No. 9, a gain of nine places.

Pakistan continued to retain their top spot on the team rankings with a tenth successive T20I series win. The result means Pakistan cannot be displaced from the top position irrespective of the outcome of their upcoming series against New Zealand or the series between India and Windies that starts next month.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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