Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one ranking in the ICC T20I Rankings

Pakistan's Babar Azam hits out
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Pakistan's Babar Azam now leads second-ranked Aaron Finch of Australia by five points after the Australian started the series with a commanding 126 points lead over the Pakistani.

Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one ranking in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen for the third time this year after hitting two half-centuries in Pakistan’s 3-0 series win over Australia. The series result means Pakistan cannot be displaced from the top spot irrespective of the outcome of their upcoming series against New Zealand as well as the one between India and the Windies.

Babar’s series aggregate of 163 runs with a strike-rate of a little over 117 has helped him leapfrog Australia captain Aaron Finch, who managed just four runs in three matches, Lokesh Rahul of India and New Zealand’s Colin Munro into the coveted number-one position.

Babar now leads second-ranked Finch by five points after the Australian started the series with a commanding 126 points lead over the Pakistani. From this series, Babar earned 79 points while Finch conceded 52 points.

Babar, who captained Pakistan at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, had topped the batting charts for the first time in his career in January following the series against New Zealand. He then regained the top spot following the home series against the Windies in April. Both the times, he lost the No.1 ranking to Finch.

Another batsman to make an impact in the top-20 is Jason Roy of England. The opener scored 69 in the only T20I against Sri Lanka, which has helped him to rise five places to a career-high ninth position.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, England’s wrist spinner Adil Rashid and Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake have achieved career-high rankings, while Pakistan’s Imad Wasim has also made a return to the top-10.

Rashid took three for 11 in Sri Lanka, which has helped him rise four places to fifth, while Stanlake took five wickets in two appearances that have lifted him nine places to become his country’s highest-ranked bowler in ninth position. Imad has been rewarded for his four wickets with a gain of 14 places that has put him in 10th position.

Outside the top-10, Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf has jumped 18 places to a career-best 16th ranking, Hasan Ali has risen eight places to a career-high 21st position and Adam Zampa has moved up 20 places to claim 22nd position.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 3-0 series win means they will remain the number-one ranked side irrespective of how their upcoming series against fifth-ranked New Zealand and the three-match series between second-ranked India and seventh-ranked Windies pan out.

The 3-0 win has earned Pakistan four points, which have lifted them to 136 points, while Australia have dropped five points and are now on 118 points, just ahead of England on decimal points.

Even if New Zealand and India win all their upcoming T20Is, Pakistan (130) will continue to lead India (127) by three points. However, this result will help New Zealand move ahead of England and Australia in third position.

In contrast, if Pakistan and the Windies win all their matches, Pakistan will rise to 138 points and only one point will separate second-ranked India (119) from fourth-ranked Australia (118). In this scenario, the reigning ICC Men’s World T20 champions will jump from 106 points to fifth on 114 points.

Schedule of upcoming matches:

Pakistan v New Zealand
31 Oct – 1st T20I , Abu Dhabi
2 Nov – 2nd T20I, Dubai
4 Oct – 3rd T20I, Dubai

India v Windies
4 Nov – 1st T20I, Kolkata
6 Nov -2nd T20I, Lucknow
11 Nov – 3rd T20I, Chennai

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings

(as on 29 October, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Australia and one-off T20I between Sri Lanka and England):

Rank Team Points
1 Pakistan 136
2 India 124
3 Australia 118
4 England 118
5 New Zealand 116
6 South Africa 111
7 Windies 106
8 Afghanistan 92
9 Sri Lanka 87
10 Bangladesh 77
11 Scotland 62
12 Zimbabwe 55
13 UAE 50
14 Netherlands 50
15 Hong Kong 42
16 Oman 39
17 Ireland 34
18 Nepal 26

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings

(as on 29 October, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Australia and one-off T20I between Sri Lanka and England):

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 (+4) Babar Azam Pak 844 881 v Win at Karachi 2018
2 (-1) Aaron Finch Aus 839 900 v Zim at Harare 2018
3 ( - ) Lokesh Rahul Ind 812 854 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018
4 ( - ) Colin Munro NZ 801 805 v Pak at Wellington 2018
5 (-3) Fakhar Zaman Pak 793 842 v Aus at Harare 2018
6 (+1) Martin Guptill NZ 747 793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
7 (-1) Glenn Maxwell Aus 742 801 v NZ at Auckland 2018
8 ( - ) Alex Hales Eng 697 866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
9 (+5) Jason Roy Eng 688! 688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018
10 ( - ) Rohit Sharma Ind 678 681 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

SELECTED RANKINGS 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
11 -2 D'Arcy Short Aus 677* 756 v UAE at Abu Dhabi 2018
16 (RE) Shaiman Anwar UAE 630 636 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017
17 -1 Jos Buttler Eng 610 614 v Ind at Bristol 2018
20 -1 Eoin Morgan Eng 590 872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011
29 -4 Shoaib Malik Pak 548 577 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
39 (+5) Thisara Perera SL 513! 513 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2018
41 -7 Sarfraz Ahmed Pak 503 521 v Aus at Harare 2018
69 (+10) M. Hafeez Pak 385 649 v SL at Dubai 2013
71 -2 Hussain Talat Pak 364* 441 v Win at Karachi 2018
78 -2 D Chandimal SL 339 442 v Aus at Pallekele 2016
79 (RE) Rohan Mustafa UAE 331* 386 v Afg at Abu Dhabi 2017
84= -1 N Dickwella SL 282* 400 v Aus at Melbourne 2017
  -4 Asif Ali Pak 282* 314 v Aus at Harare 2018
86 -2 Upul Tharanga SL 281* 302 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2018
87= ( - ) Tom Bruce NZ 279* 348 v Ban at Bay Oval 2017
  ( - ) Andre Russell Win 279*! 279 v Ban at Lauderhill 2018
89 -3 Dasun Shanaka SL 278* 288 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2018
91 (RE) Rameez Shahzad UAE 276* 294 v Afg at Dubai 2016
92 -2 D de Silva SL 271* 346 v SA at Centurion 2017
96 (+3) Chris Lynn Aus 254* 267 v NZ at Auckland 2018


BOWLERS (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Rashid Khan Afg 793 816 v Ban at Dehradun 2018
2 ( - ) Shadab Khan Pak 757 769 v Sco at Edinburgh 2018
3 ( - ) Ish Sodhi NZ 700 739 v Pak at Wellington 2018
4 ( - ) Y. Chahal Ind 685 706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018
5 (+4) Adil Rashid Eng 676! 676 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2018
6 -1 Mitchell Santner NZ 665 731 v Pak at Wellington 2018
7 ( - ) Samuel Badree Win 655 855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
8 ( - ) Imran Tahir SA 653 795 v NZ at Auckland 2017
9 (+9) Billy Stanlake Aus 640* 653 v Pak at Dubai 2018
10 (+14) Imad Wasim Pak 636 780 v Win at Trinidad 2017


SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
11 -5 Andrew Tye Aus 634 658 v Pak at Harare 2018
14 (RE) M. Naveed UAE 622 632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016
15 -3 Liam Plunkett Eng 621 644 v Ind at Cardiff 2018
16 (+18) Faheem Ashraf Pak 611*! 611 v Aus at Dubai 2018
21 (+8) Hasan Ali Pak 587! 587 v Aus at Dubai 2018
22 (+20) Adam Zampa Aus 585* 599 v NZ at Sydney 2018
25 (RE) Ahmed Raza UAE 567 578 v PNG at Abu Dhabi 2017
48 (+7) N. Coulter-Nile Aus 472 594 v Ind at Mohali 2016
49 -4 Glenn Maxwell Aus 466 570 v NZ at Dharamsala 2016
50 (RE) Rohan Mustafa UAE 465*! 465 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2018
51 -4 Ashton Agar Aus 463* 491 v Zim at Harare 2018
61 (RE) Lasith Malinga SL 422 684 v Win at Colombo (RPS) 2015
64 -8 Thisara Perera SL 416 462 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2015
66 -6 Moeen Ali Eng 412* 506 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
72 (+12) Usman Khan Pak 398*! 398 v Aus at Dubai 2018
79 (+2) M. Hafeez Pak 385 689 v Zim at Harare 2013
84 -5 Ben Stokes Eng 372* 444 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
98 (+18) L. Sandakan SL 314*! 314 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2018
99 -9 Shoaib Malik Pak 313 414 v Eng at Sharjah 2015


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Glenn Maxwell Aus 345 396 v Eng at Melbourne 2018
2 ( - ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 313 323 v Ban at Dehradun 2018
3 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 310 408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
4 ( - ) JP Duminy SA 225 276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
5 ( - ) Marlon Samuels Win 222 321 v SL at Mirpur 2014


*indicates provisional rating
! indicates best rating
  
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