Babar Azam overtakes Kohli for most number of days as No. 1 in ICC T20I rankings

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Wed, 29/06/2022
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Babar Azam overtakes Kohli for most number of days as No. 1 in ICC T20I rankings
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Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, has now held the title of best T20 batter in the world for longer than Virat Kohli, thanks to his continued dominance in the most recent ICC T20 batting rankings, which were revealed on Wednesday. 

Azam has now overtaken Kohli's previous record of 1,013 days as the top-ranked T20 batter, which he held during his reign over the previous ten years as an Indian player. 

The Pakistani captain recently expressed a desire to compete for the top spot in all three game types. He is currently classified as the No. 1 batter in T20Is and ODIs.

The most recent T20I rankings, which were made public on Wednesday, did not change much. India left-hander Ishan Kishan fell one spot within the top 10 to rank seventh among batters. 

Following his outstanding series with the bat against India, young Irish batsman Harry Tector rose 55 spots to 66th overall, while Deepak Hooda rose 414 spots to tie for 104th. 

Following the conclusion of England's three-match home series against New Zealand, there has been significant movement behind top-ranked Test batter and former England Test leader Joe Root.

On the most recent batter rankings, New Zealander Daryl Mitchell—Player of the Series—rose four spots to place 12th, while fellow Kiwi Tom Blundell advanced 11 spots to reach 20th. 

Jonny Bairstow, a member of Root's England squad, attracted attention as well after rising 20 spots to 21st on the list of Test batters. 

On the most recent list of bowlers, Neil Wagner of New Zealand fell one spot to number 10, while Stuart Broad and Jack Leach of England rose one spot apiece to numbers 13 and 25, respectively. 

Following a lacklustre second Test against the West Indies, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan fell to third on the all-rounder rankings, with India's seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin replacing him.

Following his "Player of the Match" performance against Bangladesh, Kyle Mayers, a left-handed batsman for West Indies, moved up three spots to eighth on the all-rounder rankings. 

Josh Hazlewood of Australia has recently been one of the top white-ball bowlers in the world, and the in-form seamer moved up two spots to tie for fifth in the most current ODI rankings. 

Hazlewood, who already holds the top spot in the T20 rankings, has risen to the top spot in the ODI rankings thanks to a good performance of 2/22 in the final 50-over game of the series against Sri Lanka.

Due to Chris Woakes' absence from England's recent ODI series against the Netherlands, the tall seamer fell two spots to fourth in the most recent rankings, while Pakistani fast Shaheen Afridi and New Zealander Matt Henry both gained a slot behind Trent Boult, who is currently ranked first. 

The top 10 ODI batter rankings also see a slight change, with Root and Shai Hope moving up to tie for 10th place, bumping Australia captain Aaron Finch down to 12th.