Suryakumar goes past Babar to No. 3 on T20I batters’ rankings

Suryakumar Yadav‘s remarkable rise up the men’s T20I batting rankings has now taken him past Babar Azam to No. 3, placing him within striking distance of Aiden Markram (just 12 points ahead at No. 2) and not too far from top-ranked Mohammad Rizwan, who has 825 points to Suryakumar’s 780.

All three of Rizwan, Suryakumar and Babar played good hands on Tuesday night. Against England in Karachi, Rizwan scored 68 in 46 balls and Babar hit 31 in 24, as Pakistan scored 158 for 7. That wasn’t nearly enough to prevent England from going 1-0 up in the series, though. Suryakumar’s 46 off 25 was a much more enterprising innings compared to the ones from the Pakistan openers, but he, too, ended on the losing side, as Australia went 1-0 up in Mohali.

There is a T20 World Cup around the corner, but all the top batters have a chance to outdo the others in the lead-up to it: India have two more T20Is against Australia and then three against South Africa, all at home, while Pakistan have six more games to go against England in what is the longest bilateral T20I series between Full-Member nations in history.

Dawid Malan and Aaron Finch, who are both in action in the two ongoing series, are currently in fifth and sixth places respectively, and can move up if they can put together a decent sequence of scores.

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