ICC unveils latest Men’s T20 Rankings, Pakistan’s Babar Azam faces a blow

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ICC unveils latest Men’s T20 Rankings, Pakistan’s Babar Azam faces a blow

Dawid Malan has attained the highest-ever rating points for batsmen in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after a terrific run saw him top the series aggregate with 173 runs and help England blank South Africa 3-0. Babar Azam is third on the list of highest-ever rating points for a batsman in T20I cricket.

The 33-year-old left-hander has reached 915 points, the first to cross the 900-point mark after Australian Aaron Finch’s 900-point achievement in July 2018. Malan now enjoys a 44-point lead over Pakistan’s Babar Azam, whom he overtook to become number one in September this year.

Malan’s player of the series performance included a match-winning 99 not out in the final match and helped England leapfrog Australia to take the top position in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.

England, who had started the series at 271 points, are now level with Australia at 275 points but ahead on decimal points. South Africa and New Zealand retain their fifth and sixth positions while the West Indies have slipped behind Afghanistan to 10th place after losing 2-0 to New Zealand in another series, performances of which are also included in Wednesday’s rankings update. ------------------------------

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South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen’s continued good form, which saw him score 136 runs in the series, has lifted him 17 places to a career-best fifth position.

Among the bowlers, England’s leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, is back to the 700-point mark, gaining three places to reach number 4. He is just one spot below his career-best third position achieved in November 2018. The top seven bowlers are all spinners, with Tabraiz Shamsi, South Africa’s top-ranked bowler in 5th place.

Chris Jordan, who became England’s leading T20I wicket-taker in the third match against South Africa with his 66th wicket, has gained one place to reach 12th rank. ------------------------------

------------------------------ Top 10 T20I Batsmen *Rank* *(+/-)* *Player* *Team* *Pts* *Avge* *S/R* *Highest Rating* 1 (-) Dawid Malan England 915 53.43 149 915 v SA at Cape Town 2020 2 (-) Babar Azam Pakistan 871 50.93 130 896 v ENG at Cardiff 2019 3 (-) Aaron Finch Australia 835 38.43 155 901 v Zim at Harare 2018 4 (-) KL Rahul India 824 45.65 146 854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018 5 (+) Rassie van der Dussen South Africa 744*! 38.71 137 744 v Eng at Cape Town 2020 6 (-) Colin Munro New Zealand 739 31.34 156 830 v Pak at Dubai 2018 7 (-) Glenn Maxwell Australia 696 33.52 158 838 v SL at Adelaide 2019 8 (-) Hazratullah Zazai Afghanistan 676* 40.71 155 736 v WI at Lucknow 2019 9 (-) Virat Kohli India 673 50.80 138 897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014 10 (-) Eoin Morgan England 662 30.37 139 872 v India at Old Trafford 2011 10 (+) Rohit Sharma India 662 32.62 139 719 v WI at Lucknow 208