Dubai, September 7 (IANS): Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has become the new world No. 1-ranked T20I hitter after replacing skipper Babar Azam at the top of the ICC rankings, even as India’s Suryakumar Yadav sits fourth in the list last released on Wednesday.
Rizwan was in sublime form at the Asian Cup, leading the run standings with 192 runs in three matches. He was Pakistan’s mainstay in their matches against Hong Kong and India, scoring 78 and 71 unbeaten respectively in their back-to-back wins. His performances saw him earn a spot, overtaking Babar who has endured a meager run in the tournament so far.
Rizwan becomes only the third Pakistani batter to top the T20I rankings after Babar and Misbah-ul-Haq. Babar has topped the T20I batting charts for 1,155 days in his career (as of Sept. 7), according to ICC.
No other Indian is among the top 10 batters, with skipper Rohit Sharma moving up four places to 13th after his 72 against Sri Lanka in the Asian Cup Super Four match.
In other big moves in the batting chart, Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka moved up a spot to No. 8, following his brilliant run in the Asian Cup. Nissanka has scored 20, 35 and 52 in his last three games, with his latest performance helping Sri Lanka beat India in a Super Four encounter.
Afghan striker Rahmanullah Gurbaz is one of the biggest players, moving up 14 places to No. 15, driven by his 84 against Sri Lanka in the Super Four clash.
In the bowling rankings, Sri Lankan and Afghan spinners were the biggest winners after their tremendous performances. Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s 2/30 helped him move up three places, to joint No. 6, with Akeal Hosein of the West Indies.
Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana has been at his economic best in the Asian Cup, registering numbers of 1/23, 1/29 and 1/29 in the last three games and has been richly rewarded. He enters the top 10, moving up five places to No. 8. Shadab Khan also moves up one place to No. 14 after 4/8 and 2/31 against Hong Kong and India respectively.
Australia’s David Warner moved up one spot to sixth in the batting charts, mostly on the back of his 94 against Zimbabwe in the third ODI. Mitchell Starc moves up three places in the bowling rankings to No.12 after gathering five wickets in his last three ODIs.
Glenn Maxwell moves up one spot to No.9 in the All-Rounds rankings after recording numbers of 4/52 in the first ODI against New Zealand in which Australia prevailed in a thriller.