Suryakumar Yadav went past Babar Azam in ICC T20 batsmen's rankings; Hardik Pandya also makes progress
The first T20I match between India and Australia didn't end in the favour of Rohit Sharma and his men. But there were a few positives that India can look forward to. In particular, the batting performance did pretty well. KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya played excellent knocks each.
Thus, as per the latest ICC T20I rankings, these players have got the benefit. Rahul made 55 runs, Sky scored 46 off 25, and Hardik played a brilliant innings of 71* off 30 balls. As per the latest batsmen's ranking, SKY has moved one place up to third place. He has now gone past the Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam.
Babar is now in the fourth place (771) now. SKY is just behind Mohammad Rizwan (825) and Aiden Markram (792). Rizwan also played a really good innings of 68 off 46 in the first T20I against England on Tuesday, and thus, he is staying at the top.
Notably, a few good performances by Suryakumar in the upcoming matches might challenge the top two batters for their place. On the other hand, Hardik has overtaken Glenn Maxwell in the T20I all-rounder rankings and reached fifth place.
Axar Patel, who bowled an excellent spell of 3/17, has moved up to 33rd place in the bowler's ranking from 57. Virat Kohli, who got out for 2 runs, has slipped one place to 16th. On the other hand, KL Rahul, who struck his 18th T20I half-century, has entered into the top 20 of the T20I rankings.
He is now in 18th place, while the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, is in 14th place in the T20I batsman rankings. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood, who ended with a figure of 2/39, is still at the top of the T20I bowlers' ranking.
The veteran Indian pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had a bad day and conceded 52 runs in four overs without taking a wicket, has dropped two places and is now ranked ninth in the T20I bowlers' rankings.