Pakistani cricket captain Babar Azam© AFP
Babar Azam is arguably the most talked about cricketer in recent months for his superlative bat in international cricket. While many former cricketers have argued that in his current form he is arguably the best hitter in the world, others have talked about expanding the ‘Top 4’ of international percussion to a ‘Top 5’ with Babar and players like Virat Kohli , Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
Considered one of the best or not, Babar piled up the runs for his Pakistani side and led them from the front.
His form in limited overs cricket has been phenomenal and the Pakistani skipper continues to dominate the charts in ICC Rankings. In the latest rankings, Babar has maintained his top spot in the T20I batting rankings, breaking a new record set by former India captain Virat Kohli as a result.
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Babar now tops the T20I ranking for maximum period, surpassing Kohli’s record of 1013 days.
“The Pakistani skipper is currently rated the No. 1 batter in T20Is and ODIs and has recently suggested that he would like to try and claim top billing across all three formats of the game,” the ICC said in its report.
Babar’s teammate and last year’s ICC T20I Player of the Year Mohammad Rizwan is second in the ranking.
The only Indian in the top 10 is Ishan Kishan, who is in 7th place. Kishan broke into the top 10 after his good showing in the home series against South Africa and had a decent performance in the first T20I against Ireland.
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