ICC Player Rankings: In the recently MRF Tires ICC Men’s Player Rankings India’s Suryakumar Yadav has sailed past Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam in the men’s T20I batter’s list. Yadav has now reached the third spot in the rankings while Azam has slipped down to the fourth spot. Suryakumar Yadav has 780 points in his name, 9 more than Azam and is now only behind South Africa’s Aiden Markram (792 points) and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (825 points).
Moreover, India’s opening batter KL Rahul has also made inroads in the rankings released on Wednesday as the right-handed batter has raised five spots to now rank 18th in the batter’s tally. Rahul now has 587 points in his name, two more than 19th placed Brandon King and two less than 17th placed Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Notably, Hardik Pandya has also jumped 22 places in the batters’ list and now ranks 65th, while teammate Axar Patel has also notched up 24 places to secure 33rd place. Pakistan’s Haris Rauf has climbed four spots in the new rankings to take the 21st spot in the bowlers’ rankings.
Suryakumar Yadav has had a few decent outings recently, including his blistering 68 off 26 against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2022. The right-handed Suryakumar Yadav scored 46 runs in the first T20I against Australia which has now seen the 32-year-old inching closer to the top spot in the batter’s list. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s skipper who earlier held the No.1 spot in the rankings is not in the best of his forms as he could not get past the fifty-run mark even one time. KL Rahul was also brilliant with the bat in the recent match against Australia which helped him to storm into the top 20 places.