Suryakumar retains top spot in T20 batting rankings

Dubai: India middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav has retained his top position in the ICC men’s T20I batting rankings issued on Wednesday, following his stellar performance in the just-concluded T20 World Cup in Australia.
Suryakumar became the No.1 T20I batter after a superb showing in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, where he smashed three fifties in five innings.
That performance helped him to achieve a career-best rating of 869 points. Although his rating dropped to 859 after his dismissal for 14 in the semi-final against England, Suryakumar has managed to hold on to his position at the top.
The 32-year-old amassed 239 runs during the World Cup at an outstanding average and strike-rate of 59.75 and 189.68 respectively, and also finished as the third highest run-scorer in the event.
England’s Alex Hales, who smashed an unbeaten 86 from 47 deliveries in the semifinal against India, made a big jump, climbing 22 places up to No. 12.
Hales finished as England’s second-highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup, with 212 runs at an average of 42.40.
Hales has been in superb form ever since his comeback to the England side earlier this year. He has amassed 430 T20I runs in 2022, at an excellent average of 30.71 and an equally good strike-rate of 145.27.
Other batters who made progress in the top 10 are Babar Azam and Rilee Rossouw.
The Pakistan skipper scored a match-winning fifty in the semifinal against New Zealand, gaining one spot to climb up to No 3.
—PTI

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