Babar, Rizwan Slip as Travis Head Crowned Top-Ranked T20I batter

Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan slipped down in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings while Australia’s Travis Head replaced India’s Suryakumar Yadav at the summit.

Head enjoyed a stunning run since cementing his spot at the top of the order for his national side in the shortest format.

The left-handed opener was exceptional in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 for Australia. He accumulated 255 runs in seven innings at a brilliant average of 42.50.

Travis Head also smashed two half-centuries, out of which one came against India in a losing cause.

He kept Australia in the hunt with his 43-ball 76, peppered with nine fours and four sixes. However, his departure in the 17th over eventually resulted in the 2021 champions succumbing to a 24-run defeat.

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The Australian opener jumped four places to claim the top spot in the ICC Men’s T20I Batting Rankings, with Suryakumar, Phil Salt, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan all dropping down a place to make up the remainder of the top five.

On the other hand, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis has been knocked off the top spot in the All-rounders rankings after his short stay as No. 1.

Stoinis slipped to fourth, with India’s Hardik Pandya up to third, Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan in second, and Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga back to top spot.

England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid remained at the T20I Bowling Rankings summit but Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan moved up to second after his T20 World Cup 2024 heroics, with Josh Hazlewood moving up three places into fourth, behind Hasaranga.

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