Suryakumar Yadav Retains No. 2 Spot in ICC T20 Rankings
Yadav is the highest-ranked Indian in the batting list with 805 points, led by Babar Azam of Pakistan.
Team India's batting sensation Suryakumar Yadav retained his second place among batters in the latest published International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 International (T20I) ranking on Wednesday.
However, Pakistani skipper Babar Azam has extended his lead at the top with an 818 rating. While cementing his No. 2 spot on the T20I charts, Suryakumar missed an opportunity to overtake Babar after resting for the recently concluded T20I final against West Indies on Sunday.
Suryakumar Yadav missed an opportunity to overtake Babar Azam in the T20I rankings for batters after being rested for the final T20I against West Indies on Sunday, according to the ICC. Pakistani skipper Babar last played a T20I in April, but his consistent run in the game's shortest format has helped him stay a step ahead of the chasing group.
It will be an interesting match between Suryakumar Yadav and Babar Azam at the Asia Cup as the subplot for the top spot of the T20I ranking will also take place. India meet arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match on August 28 in Dubai.
Pakistan plays 3 ODIs against Netherlands before heading to UAE for Asian Cup. On the other hand, India, who won the T20I series 4-1 against the West Indies, will play a 3-game ODI series in Zimbabwe, led by Shikhar Dhawan.
Alongside Suryakumar, Indian brawlers Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were the biggest winners in the rankings. Iyer completed an impressive half-century in the fifth T20I in Florida, moving up six places to 19th. Similarly, Pant, who finished the streak as the second-best run scorer with 115 runs, helped the left-handed hitter jump seven places to 59th.
As for bowlers, top-ranked Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped to 9th despite a good run in the T20I series against the West Indies.