The top five ranked batters ahead of the T20 World Cup
The top five batters, according to the ICC Rankings, will all be taking part in the T20 World Cup.
Each of the top performers have had wildly different build-ups to the global showpiece.
5 Devon Conway (New Zealand)
Devon Conway has been a revelation for the Black Caps and has quickly soared up the ICC Rankings for T20I batsmen.
In 14 T20Is Conway has scored 473 runs and averages 59.12, but his red-hot start has been cooled by disruptions to the Black Caps schedule.
He hasn’t played a T20I since April and his last cricket of any kind came in the Hundred back in August.
4 Virat Kohli (India)
The former number one batsman has been sliding down the rankings for some time, having not played a T20I since March.
Nobody doubts that Kohli could and in fact should be a force at the T20 World Cup, but his recent form has been underwhelming.
Kohli has made it known that players are growing weary of life in the bio-bubbles, leaving some to wonder if his heart will be in this T20 World Cup.
3 Aaron Finch (Australia)
Finch has been charged with leading a rag-tag group of white-ball cricketers around the world for the last six months.
While he isn’t T20I captain Finch, has been the most consistent batsman amongst a shifting top-order cast.
He has played more recently than some others in the top five but has been sidelined with injury since July. Finch should be fit to take part in the warm-ups, where he can prove his form and fitness.
2 Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s skipper would likely prefer to be reflecting on results against New Zealand and England rather than trusting his form in the domestic T20 Cup, but those cancellations were very much out of Babar Azam’s hands.
Babar has shown phenomenal consistency in the T20 format with only teammate Mohammad Rizwan scoring more runs in T20Is in the last two years.
He is currently tenth on T20I cricket’s all-time runscorers list and hot on the heels of David Warner in ninth.
1 Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan remains the number one T20I batsman in the world but will want to arrest a slide in form.
Malan peaked in the rankings during the series against South Africa in December 2020 but has been sliding since hitting 99 not out against the Proteas at Newlands.
Since that knock, Malan has only passed fifty twice in eleven innings, while still performing his role to a satisfactory level.
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