ICC T20 rankings: Can Suryakumar Yadav dethrone Babar Azam as high batter?

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Indian star Suryakumar Yadav. -File picture

After months on high of the ICC T20 rankings, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s place as the perfect batter is in peril as India’s Suryakumar Yadav moved inside hanging distance of the Pakistani captain.

Babar is at present on high with 818 factors whereas the Indian batter, who made his worldwide debut at the beginning of final 12 months, is simply two factors away to exchange him.

Yadav has been in effective type for India throughout their ongoing T20I collection in opposition to West Indies and the 31-year-old’s newest exploits with the bat have seen him rewarded on the most recent rankings replace.

In keeping with the most recent ICC rankings, Yadav has surged up three spots to second total on the ICC T20I listing for batters, with Babar now simply two ranking factors forward of the in-form right-hander.

Yadav’s current rise has come on the again of a century in opposition to England in Nottingham final month and a classy half-century in opposition to West Indies on Tuesday.

Promoted up the order to open the batting alongside skipper Rohit Sharma for the primary time throughout this tour of the Caribbean, Yadav has been a shining mild for India and his 111 runs at a strike charge in extra of 168 by way of the primary three matches of the collection has helped the Asian nation declare a 2-1 collection lead.

It is also boosted Yadav’s possibilities of making the journey to Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup later this 12 months and if he can overtake Babar and declare the No 1 T20I rating then his case will virtually be insurmountable.

And Yadav is prone to get the possibility to overhaul Babar, who regained primary place on November 3 2021,  on the head of proceedings over the approaching week, with India nonetheless having two extra video games in opposition to West Indies remaining of their five-match collection.

Ought to Yadav rating properly in these matches then he could usurp Babar because the No 1 ranked batter, given Pakistan’s subsequent T20I contest is on the finish of the month in opposition to India on the Asia Cup.

Pakistan veteran Mohammad Rizwan (third), South Africa’s Aiden Markram (fourth) and England left-hander Dawid Malan (fifth) all dropped a spot on account of Yadav’s soar. 

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