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Babar Azam No.1 ranked T20I batsman, Shadab second-ranked bowler

Babar Azam
Pakistan extends lead at the top in team rankings; Windies slip from fifth to seventh

Pakistan opener Babar Azam has reclaimed the number-one batting ranking while wrist spinner Shadab Khan has vaulted into second position for the first time in his career in the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released on Wednesday afternoon following the conclusion of Pakistan versus Windies series in Karachi on Tuesday.

Babar, who captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012, was in stellar form when he scored 17, 97 not out and 51 as Pakistan consolidated their position at the top of the team rankings following a 3-0 series win. For this consistency, Babar was adjudged player of the series and was also rewarded with a jump of two places, which has made him the highest-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game for the second time in less than 10 weeks.

Babar had first surged to the top on 28 January following the series against New Zealand, before Glenn Maxwell of Australia went top during the Australia-New Zealand-England T20I tri-series on 7 February. New Zealand’s Colin Munro finished the series on 24 February as the number-one ranked batsman.

Shadab Khan has surged up to the second position in the latest T20I rankings
Shadab Khan has surged up to the second position in the latest T20I rankings


When Babar topped the batting rankings in January, he had become the second Pakistan batsman after Misbah-ul-Haq (2008-2009) to claim the coveted number-one position.

For his efforts in Karachi, Babar earned 95 points, which put him ahead of Munro and Maxwell. Babar now leads Munro by 80 points, while Maxwell is another two points behind.

Other players to make an upward movement following this series include Shoaib Malik (32nd, up by four places), Fakhar Zaman (50th, up by 15 places), Hussain Talat (has entered in 54th spot) and Chadwick Walton (98th, up by 11 places).

Australia's Glenn Maxwell is sitting at the top of the all-rounders' chart
Australia's Glenn Maxwell is sitting at the top of the all-rounders' chart


In the bowling table, Shadab Khan has rocketed 10 places to second following his five wickets in the series. Shadab, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, collected 125 points from the just-concluded series, which has put him just 26 points behind fellow wrist spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, who interestingly is just 14 days older than Shadab.

 It is also interesting to point out that six of the seven top-ranked bowlers are wrist spinners (Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ish Sodhi, Samuel Badree and Imran Tahir), while sixth-ranked Michael Santner of New Zealand is a left-arm spinner.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali are also on the charge in the latest rankings. Amir has lifted 15 places to 12th, while Hasan has jumped 10 places to a career-high 30th position.

Marlon Samuels of the Windies has slipped one place in all-rounder rankings to the fifth position
Marlon Samuels of the Windies has slipped one place in all-rounder rankings to the fifth position


Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz is the biggest mover in the latest rankings. The 24-year-old took four wickets in the series, which has helped him to rise 66 places to a career-high 53rd rank.

Other bowlers to improve their rankings include Kesrick Williams (57th, up by seven places), Faheem Ashraf (68th, up by 24 places) and Shoaib Malik (82nd, up by five places).

Glenn Maxwell is the number-one ranked all-rounder, while Shoaib Malik is Pakistan’s highest-ranked all-rounder in ninth position after moving up by two places. Windies’ Marlon Samuels has slipped one place to fifth.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have opened up a four-point advantage over second-ranked Australia following a 3-0 win. In contrast, the Windies have dropped from fifth to seven after losing four points.

Mohammad Amir has lifted 15 places to 12th position in the bowlers' list
Mohammad Amir has lifted 15 places to 12th position in the bowlers' list


The annual update of the T20I team rankings will now be carried out on 1 May - all results from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015 will be dropped from calculations, while matches played from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2017 will be weighted at 50 per cent and matches played from 1 May 2017 will be weighted at 100 per cent.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 4 April, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Windies series):

Rank Team Points
1 Pakistan 130 (+4)
2 Australia 126
3 India 121
4 New Zealand 116
5 England 114
6 South Africa 111
7 Windies 111 (-4)
8 Sri Lanka 89
9 Afghanistan 88
10 Bangladesh 77
11 Scotland 67
12 Zimbabwe 61
13 UAE 52
14 Netherlands 49
15 Hong Kong 46
16 PNG 39
17 Oman 38
18 Ireland 36


(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 4 April, following the conclusion of Pakistan v Windies series): 

BATSMEN (top 10) 

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

   1

(+2)

Babar Azam

Pak

 881!

 53.00

881 v Win at Karachi 2018

   2

(-1)

Colin Munro

NZ

 801

 33.51

805 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   3

(-1)

Glenn Maxwell

Aus

 799

 34.58

801 v NZ at Auckland 2018

   4

( - )

Aaron Finch

Aus

 763

 40.20

892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

   5

( - )

Martin Guptill

NZ

 747

 34.40

793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

   6

( - )

Evin Lewis

Win

 691*

 36.00

780 v Eng at Durham 2017

   7

( - )

Alex Hales

Eng

 679

 31.65

866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

   8

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

 670

 50.84

897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

   9

( - )

M. Shahzad

Afg

 653

 31.85

706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

  10

( - )

H. Masakadza

Zim

 648

 29.20

699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

  
BOWLERS (top 20) 

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

     1

( - )

Rashid Khan

Afg

 759!

 13.72

 759 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

   2

(+10)

Shadab Khan

Pak

 733*!

 15.41

 733 v Win at Karachi 2018

   3

(-1)

Y. Chahal

Ind

 706!

 18.45

 706 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2018

   4

(-1)

Ish Sodhi

NZ

 700

 19.33

 739 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   5

(-1)

Samuel Badree

Win

 671

 20.44

 855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

   6

( - )

Mitchell Santner

NZ

 665

 21.37

 731 v Pak at Wellington 2018

   7

( - )

Imran Tahir

SA

 650

 15.85

 795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

   8

( - )

M. Rahman

Ban

 647

 18.60

 695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

   9

(-4)

Imad Wasim

Pak

 637

 20.25

 780 v Win at Trinidad 2017

  10

( - )

M. Naveed

UAE

 626

 17.27

 632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

 
ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Highest Rating

   1

( - )

Glenn Maxwell

Aus

 390

396 v Eng at Melbourne 2018

   2

( - )

Mohammad Nabi

Afg

 292!

292 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

   3

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

 288

408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

   4

(+1)

JP Duminy

SA

 235

276 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

   5

(-1)

Marlon Samuels

Win

 229

321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

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