Rizwan storms into ICC T20 top 10 batsmen

Captain Babar Azam retains second spot in T20I rankings

By: News Desk      Published: 04:06 PM, 21 Jul, 2021
Rizwan storms into ICC T20 top 10 batsmen
File photo of Muhammad Rizwan and Babar Azam.

Pakistan T20 opener Muhammad Rizwan and England middle-order hard-hitter Liam Livingstone have made significant progress in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after emerging as the leading run-scorers for their teams in the recently concluded three-match series which was won by England.

Pakistani T20 skipper Babar Azam retained the second position and wicketkeeper-opener Rizwan bagged the seventh spot in International Cricket Council's updated T20I rankings, released on Wednesday.

England's Dawid Malan, who is the top T20I batsman, according to the latest statistics, has 841 rating points and leads Babar Azad by a mere eight points.

Rizwan was able to jump up the table and secure 709 rating points. The wicketkeeper became the eighth Pakistani player to complete 1,000 T20I runs after a stellar performance against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

India's Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul are also among the top 10 batsmen, with the skipper having 762 rating points and the latter 743 rating points.

Last week, Azam had taken the lead in the ICC Men's ODI Batting Rankings, surpassing Kohli, after his outstanding performance against England at Edgbaston.

The 26-year-old Pakistan captain — who struck a fine 158 in the final match of the series — was able to gain eight rating points to reach a career-best 873 rating points, 16 more than Kohli, who is in second place.