Fakhar Zaman jumps 17 slots, Mohammad Rizwan reaches 15h position
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has moved up by a place to second spot in the ICC men’s rankings for T20I batters. Azam’s record-breaking 122 off 59 balls against South Africa in the third T20I saw him gain 47 points to displace Australia’s Aaron Finch from the second one position.
Azam used to be the highest run-scorer in the four-match series, having accumulated a complete of 210 runs, including a half-century and a maiden hundred. Azam, who is still 48 points adrift of top-ranked Dawid Malan, has the possibility to overhaul him with the three-match series against Zimbabwe that got underway in Harare on Wednesday.
Earlier final week, Azam became the No. 1 ODI batter, ending India captain Virat Kohli’s long reign at the top of the charts. Azam is just the fourth Pakistan batter to attain the top ranking.
Fakhar Zaman gained 17 spots to achieve 33rd rank after scoring an unbeaten 8 and 60 in the final two games, and Mohammad Rizwan jumped eight places to achieve a career-best 15th position. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi also made a hop to achieve his career best-equaling 11th spot in the bowlers’ list after picking up two wickets in two matches.
For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen moved up from ninth to sixth spot, just one shy of his career-best, after scores of 34 not out and 52. Aiden Markram gained 31 places to achieve 34th position.