Babar Azam again top-ranked T20I batsman

Staff Reporter

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC Men’s T20 International (T20I) Batting Rankings, according to a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“In the rankings that were announced last week, England’s Dawid Malan (831 points) led Babar (820 points) by 11 points.

Since the last announcement, Babar has notched up half-centuries against Afghanistan (51) and Namibia (70), whereas Dawid Malan had scores of eight against Australia and six against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” the statement reads.

“Contrasting performances in the past week has meant Babar has turned the 11-point deficit into a 36-point lead over Malan.

As such, Babar is now the only batter to sit inside the 800-point mark on 834 points, while Malan has slipped to 798 points.”

The PCB statement said it was the sixth time that the Pakistan captain has topped the T20I batting charts.

“It is a good little motivation to be back on top of the T20I rankings. But the bigger picture is that these performances have helped Pakistan to rise to No 2 and become the first side to qualify for the semifinals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement quoted Azam as saying.

He said that every player contributed in a team sport and the squad was “well aware that the job is half done”.

“Our focus firmly remains to maintain the standards we have set in this competition and finish the tournament like we have started so that we can properly celebrate [the] team and individual achievements,” Azam said.

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