Following a brilliant 70 runs off 49 balls against Namibia on Tuesday, Pakistan captain Babar Azam is likely to rise to the top of the T20I batting rankings.
Babar’s 70-run innings was the main catalyst in the skipper’s 113-run opening partnership with Mohammad Rizwan, which helped Pakistan post a mammoth total of 189 runs. This was the tournament’s second-highest total, trailing only Afghanistan’s 190 against Scotland.
England’s David Malan and Babar Azam are currently in first and second place, respectively. This courageous innings, however, is likely to close the 11-point gap between Babar and the current No. 1 T20I batsman, Malan, in the T20I batting rankings.
South Africa’s Aiden Markram (743), Pakistan’s M. Rizwan (727), and India’s Virat Kohli (725) round out the top five.
Following the ranking update, which is expected later today or tomorrow, Babar would become the top T20 batter for the second time since 2018, when he reclaimed the top spot three times in the same year due to his sublime batting form.