England’s run-machine Dawid Malan, in the latest iteration of the ICC rankings, has become the number one ranked T20I batsman in the world, pipping Pakistan’s Babar Azam through sheer consistency. With 129 runs in 3 games, Malan finished as the highest run-getter in the T20Is versus Australia.
Dawid Malan’s place in a full-strength English side might not yet be secure, but the southpaw created history, on Wednesday, by clinching the number one ranking in the latest ICC’s batsman’s rankings for T20I cricket. Malan, who finished the recently-concluded three-match T20I bout versus Australia as the series’ top-scorer with 129 runs to his name, catapulted to the first spot with 877 rating points, pipping Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who had, prior to today, held the top spot. With the rankings now revised, Azam has 869 points to his name, 8 shy of the 33-year-old Englishman.
Barring the Malan-Azam switch, the batsman’s rankings remained pretty much stable, with the only other change being Eoin Morgan dropping multiple places to the 10th spot. Morgan managed just scores of 7 and 5 in the two T20Is he played versus the Aussies and had also scored just 10 runs in the third T20I against Pakistan prior to the Australia T20s. The drop in rankings for the English skipper meant an elevation for Virat Kohli, who moved one spot up to number 9 in the rankings, with 673 rating points to his name.
On the bowling front, the only mover was England’s Adil Rashid, who had an outstanding series against Australia, picking 6 wickets in 3 games. The veteran leg-spinner moved one spot to 7th, overtaking Imad Wasim, still, 60 points shy of the number one ranked Rashid Khan, who has 736 rating points to his name. The latest revision of the rankings also saw a drop for Australia’s Adam Zampa, who dropped to the number five spot. His partner, Ashton Agar, meanwhile, retained his third spot.