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Pakistan’s Babar Azam has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC Men’s T20 International (T20I) Batting Rankings. He had previously been overtaken for this position by Englishman Dawid Malan.
“In the rankings that were announced last week, England’s Dawid Malan (831 points) led Babar (820 points) by 11 points. Since the last announcement, Babar has notched up half-centuries against Afghanistan (51) and Namibia (70), whereas Dawid Malan had scores of eight against Australia and six against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” the statement reads.
“Contrasting performances in the past week has meant Babar has turned the 11-point deficit into a 36-point lead over Malan. As such, Babar is now the only batter to sit inside the 800-point mark on 834 points, while Malan has slipped to 798 points.”
The PCB statement said it was the sixth time that the Pakistan captain top the T20 rankings.
Azam overtook Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the number one-ranked ODI batsman and to overtake another record from Kohli, achieving the fastest milestone of 2,000 runs in the T20 format.
Later in May, Azam was voted as ICC’s Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021.