Babar ousts Finch from No.1 T20 ranking

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –In-form Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has jumped four places to sit atop the ICC T20 batting rankings, deposing Australia captain Aaron Finch from the number one position.

Babar hit 68no, 45 and 50 in Pakistan’s three-nil sweep over the Aussies in the T20 series that was completed in Dubai on Sunday night, a purple patch of form in stark contrast to Finch, who made zero, three and one following on from his duck against the UAE last week.

Babar’s returns pushed his career average to 56.56 from 23 matches, making him the only player in T20I history to average in excess of 50 (min 20 innings).

The lean streak for Finch meanwhile, marked a drastic change in fortunes for the big-hitting right-hander, who in June hammered a world record 172 against Zimbabwe to continue a stunning run of T20 form. He drops one place to number two.

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