Babar Azam, Haris Rauf move up in ICC T20I rankings

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Babar Azam has advanced to the fourth position, securing 763 rating points in the most recent ICC T20I batsmen rankings update. This rise follows his impressive back-to-back half-centuries in the initial two matches of the five-game T20I series against New Zealand, where he scored 57 and 66 runs. Despite Babar’s notable performances, Pakistan faced defeats in both encounters.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan maintained his third position in the rankings with 775 rating points, despite scoring 25 and 7 in the first two matches against New Zealand. Suryakumar Yadav of India continues to lead the rankings with 869 points, while Phil Salt holds the second position with 802 rating points.

Yashasvi Jaiswal made a significant upward move, climbing seven places to the sixth position (739 rating points) after his remarkable 68 off 34 balls against Afghanistan. He closely trails Aiden Markram, who occupies the fifth spot with 755 rating points.

At the bowling front, Haris Rauf retained his status as the highest-ranked Pakistani bowler, ascending two places to the 14th position with 634 rating points. This elevation is attributed to his exceptional performance, taking five wickets in the initial two games against New Zealand. On the other hand, Shaheen Afridi slipped one place to 24th with 600 rating points, while Shadab Khan descended four positions to 25th after being absent from the New Zealand series.