Surya Kumar Yadav within striking distance of overtaking Babar Azam in the T20I rankings

DUBAI: Surya Kumar Yadav has overtaken Pakistan’s charismatic cricketer Babar Azam as No. 1 in the ICC T20I rankings for batsmen after producing some fine performances against the 31-year-old Indian in the ongoing five-match series. is at a distance. West Indies.

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The ICC released its weekly update of the rankings on Wednesday and Yadav moved up three places to second overall in the T20I list for batsmen, with Babar now just two rating points ahead of the in-form right-hander. .

Babar Azam has 818 rating points, Yadav is second on the list with 816 points, another Pakistani batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who is at 794.

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Yadav only made his international debut at the start of last year and his rapid rise has come after a century against England in Nottingham last month and a half-century against the West Indies on Tuesday, where he scored a 44-ball knock. 76 runs were scored. Due to win in 3rd T20I.

Moving up the batting order with captain Rohit Sharma for the first time during this tour of the Caribbean, Yadav has been a shining light for India, scoring 111 runs at a strike rate of over 168 in their first three matches. . The series has helped the Asian country take a 2-1 lead in the series.

It also boosts Yadav’s chances of touring Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year and if he can overtake Babar to claim the No. 1 T20I ranking, his case is almost over. will become invincible.

And Yadav is likely to get a chance to overtake Babar at the start of the action in the coming week, with India still having two games left in the five-match series against the West Indies. If Yadav scores well in these matches, he could unseat Babar as the No. 1 ranked batsman, as Pakistan’s next T20I is against India in the Asia Cup at the end of the month.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma, however, has moved up to ninth in the Test batsmen’s rankings, while teammate Jasprit Bumrah has climbed to third in the bowlers’ list.

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