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Babar up to career-best in T20I rankings

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has risen 21 spots to grab a career-best sixth position in the ICC T20I Player Rankings after his player of the series performance helped complete a 2-1 victory over the World XI in the Independence Cup series played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The 22-year-old started with a fine innings of 86 and followed it up with two other useful knocks of 45 and 48 to finish as the highest run scorer in the series with 179 runs, eight more than his compatriot Ahmed Shehzad, who has gained nine slots to reach joint-22nd position.

In the latest rankings update, which also takes into account performances in Saturday’s one-off T20I in Durham which the Windies won against England by 21 runs, Shoaib Malik was another Pakistan batsman to gain as his 94 runs in the Lahore series saw him gain four slots to reach 30th position.

Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan has gained 32 places to reach 66th rank among bowlers.

As for the World XI, Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has gained 16 slots to reach 53rd place among batsmen and has also moved up 13 slots to take 79th position among bowlers, while South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved up three places to 12th position.

Windies batsman Evin Lewis’s knock of 51 has helped him gain one spot to reach a career-best third position while his opening partner Chris Gayle’s score of 40 has helped him gain four slots to reach joint-22nd position.

Among its bowlers, Carlos Brathwaite (up 17 places to 33rd) and Kesrick Williams (up 12th place to 61st) are the major gainers after taking three wickets each in Durham.

Similarly, England pace bowler Liam Plunkett (up 15 places to 23rd) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (up 11 places to 28th) have ensured upward movement after their three-wicket hauls.

Meanwhile, the Windies side has overtaken England in the ICC T20I Team Rankings. The Windies side was in fourth position with 117 points before the match but is now third with 120 points. On the other hand, England has lost four points to slip from second to fourth position with 119 points.

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge      S/R        Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          826        53.82      136         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

2           ( – )          Aaron Finch          Aus         787        38.64      149         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

3           ( 1)         Evin Lewis            WI           780*!     36.00      155         780 v Eng at Emirates Riverside 2017

4           (-1)          Kane Williamson NZ           745        36.29      123         760 v Ban at Napier 2017

5           ( – )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         718        29.35      167         763 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

6           ( 21)      Babar Azam         Pak         713*!     54.00      126         713 v ROW at Lahore 2017

7           ( – )          Alex Hales            Eng         690        32.92      135         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

8           (-2)          Joe Root                Eng         683        39.10      129         750 v WI at Kolkata 2016

9           (-1)          M. Shahzad          Afg          664        32.34      137         706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

10=       ( – )          H. Masakadza      Zim         657        29.43      120         699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

(-2)          Faf du Plessis      SA           657        36.09      133         843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      ( /-)         Player                    Team     Pts         Avge     Eco       Highest Rating

1           ( – )          Imad Wasim         Pak         742        18.72     5.92       780 v WI at Trinidad 2017

2           ( 1)         Jasprit Bumrah    Ind          737        18.38     6.70       764 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

3           (-1)          Imran Tahir           SA           719        15.85     6.80       795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

4           ( – )          Rashid Khan         Afg          717!       14.35     5.91       717 v WI at St Kitts 2017

5           ( 1)         M. Rahman           Ban         695*!     14.92     6.16       695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

6           (-1)          Samuel Badree   WI           694         17.59     5.79       855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

7           ( – )          James Faulkner   Aus         688!       19.00     7.96       688 v SL at Adelaide 2017

8           ( – )          Sunil Narine         WI           676         20.68     6.02       817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

9           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         648        20.82     6.78       672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

10=       ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          626        22.94     6.97       765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016

( – )          M. Naveed            UAE        626        17.27     6.06       632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

Rank    Team                Points

1          New Zealand     125

2          Pakistan           121

3          West Indies       120 ( 3)

4          England            119 (-4)

5          India                 116

6          South Africa      110

7          Australia           110

8          Sri Lanka          93

9          Afghanistan      86

10         Bangladesh       78

11         Scotland           67

12         Zimbabwe         65

13         UAE                 52

14         Netherlands       49

15         Hong Kong       46

16         PNG                 39

17         Oman               38

18         Ireland              36