Captain of Pakistan cricket team Babar Azam has reclaimed the No. 1 title in the ICC’s T20I Rankings for batters after his stellar performance during Pakistan’s match with Namibia in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

The skipper’s two successive half-centuries in the third and fourth match against Afghanistan and Namibia, respectively, helped him dethrone England’s Dawid Malan and grab the No. 1 position in the batting category.

Babar Azam scored 51 against Afghanistan and 70 against Namibia to lead the Men in Green into the semifinals. The batter is at the top of the ranking for the sixth time in his career. The 27-year-old had first attained the top position on January 28, 2018. He is presently also ranked No. 1 in ODIs.

The captain has amassed a total of 834 rating points and is now 36 points ahead of Dawid Malan, but his career best remains 896 rating points — achieved after scoring 65 against England at Cardiff on May 5, 2019.

Malan has been at the top of the ICC ranking since November 29 last year.

Rizwan breaks record held by Kohli

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper and batter, Mohammad Rizwan also broke multiple records during his superb performance against Namibia. The batter and the opener for Pakistan team amassed a total of 79 runs in the fourth match and remained unbeaten.

Rizwan has become the first ever cricketer to score 900 plus T20I runs in a calendar year as no other player has been able to score over 748 runs in one year. He also surpassed his captain Babar (1,607 runs) and Indian skipper Virat Kohli (1,614 runs) when it comes to the most overall T20 runs in a calendar year.

With a total of 1,651 T20 runs this year, Rizwan is now only four runs behind Chris Gayle when it comes to the most T20 runs scored by any batsman in a calendar year.

Moreover, Rizwan became the first player to score ten 50+ runs in T20Is in a calendar year.


From : pk.mashable.com

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