Suryakumar dethrones Rizwan as top T20I batter

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India’s Suryakumar Yadav has grabbed the top position for batters in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after smashing two half-centuries over the past week in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Yadav’s 51 not out off 25 balls against the Netherlands in Sydney and a valiant 68 off 40 against South Africa in Perth have helped him overtake New Zealand’s Devon Conway and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan, who had held the top spot since 4 September this year.

Yadav is the 23rd player to top the T20I batting rankings and only the second Indian to reach No. 1 in T20 cricket after Virat Kohli, who spent 1,013 days at the top in different periods from September 2014 to December 2017. Yadav’s tally of 863 rating points is also the second best by an Indian, the highest being Kohli’s tally of 897 in September 2014.—APP

 

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