Pakistan skipper Babar Azam can claim to be the top T20I batsman in the world for the longest time after maintaining his position at the top of the proceedings in the latest MRF Tires ICC T20 Batting Rankings.
India star Virat Kohli was the No. 1 ranked T20I batsman for a total of 1,013 days during his reign over the past decade but Babar has now surpassed that number after a long stint at the top.
The Pakistan skipper is currently rated as the No. 1 batsman in T20Is and ODIs and recently suggested that he is keen to try and claim top billing in all three formats of the game.
There was little change in the latest T20I rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday, with India’s left-hander Ishan Kishan dropping a spot from the top 10 to seventh in the list of batsmen.
Ireland’s young cannon Harry Tector jumped 55 places to 66th position after his impressive series with the bat against India, while Deepak Hooda jumped 414 places to reach 104th overall.
While Joe Root continues to hold on to his narrow lead as a top-order Test batsman, he has some bigger movement behind him after the completion of England’s home series against New Zealand.
Player of the Series Daryl Mitchell has jumped four places to 12th position in the latest batsman rankings, while fellow Kiwi Tom Blundell has jumped 11 places to 20th.
Root’s England teammate Jonny Bairstow also moved up 20 places to 21st in the 32-year-old Test batsmen’s list.
New Zealand player Neil Wagner has slipped to 10th place in the latest bowlers rankings, with England pair Stuart Broad (up one place to 13th) and Jack Leach (up 13 places to 25th) as notable movers.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has slipped to the third spot in the all-rounder rankings after a disappointing performance in the second Test against the West Indies, with India’s veteran Ravi Ashwin at the second spot.
West Indies left-hander Kyle Meyers jumped three places to eighth in the all-rounder rankings after his player-of-the-match performance against Bangladesh.
Recently, Australia’s Josh Hazlewood’s rise as a leading white-ball bowler continued as the in-form seamer jumped two places to fifth in the latest ODI rankings.
Hazlewood is already ranked No. 1 in the T20I rankings and has moved up the ODI list after a strong 2/22 spell in the last 50-over match of the series against Sri Lanka.
Chris Woakes’ absence during England’s recent ODI series against the Netherlands saw New Zealand pacer Matt Henry (second) and Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi (third) both drop two places in the latest rankings to fourth. -Ranking Trent Boult.
There is also a minor reshuffle in the top 10 in the ODI batsmen rankings, with Australia captain Aaron Finch dropping two places to 12th as Root and Shai Hope have moved up to 10th spot.