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India batter retains top position as English stars make big gains in the latest T20I Rankings

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Mid-ranked Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav retained his position at the top of the MRF Tires ICC Men’s T20I Batting Chart, while several England stars made significant gains after winning the T20 World Cup.

Suryakumar became the No. 1 T20I hitter after a superb performance in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where he smashed three fifty in just five innings.

This performance helped him reach a career-high 869 points. Although his rating fell to 859 after he was dismissed for 14 in the semi-final against England, his position remained unchanged as other batters in his vicinity failed to produce eye-catching performances.

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The 32-year-old amassed 239 points during the World Cup with an outstanding average and strike rate of 59.75 and 189.68 respectively, and was also third top scorer in the event.

Alex Hales, who smashed an unbeaten 86 from 47 deliveries in the semi-final against India, was also seen taking a big leap in the rankings as he climbed 22 places to No. 12. Hales finished second top scorer of England in the T20 World Cup, with 212 runs at an average of 42.40.

Hales has been in superb form since returning to England earlier this year. He amassed 430 T20I runs in 2022, with an excellent average of 30.71 and an equally good strike rate of 145.27.

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Other hitters who have advanced to the top 10 are Babar Azam and Rilee Rossouw. The Pakistani skipper scored a fiftieth in the semi-final against New Zealand, earning a place to move up to No 3. South African striker Rossouw also moved up to seventh after New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips was dropped to eighth place. Rossouw had scored a magnificent century against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup.

Other hitters in the top five other than Suryakumar and Babar are Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway and Aiden Markram. Rizwan and Markram managed to retain their second and fifth positions respectively, while Conway fell to fourth place after losing his third position in the standings to Babar.

In the bowling charts, Adil Rashid was the biggest winner after his extraordinary performances in the semi-final against India and in the final against Pakistan. Rashid recorded numbers of 1/20 and 2/22 in the two matches respectively, moving up five places to move up to No.3.

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Fellow countryman Sam Curran also moves up two places to move up to No.5, after a 3/12 player of the match performance in the final against Pakistan. Wanindu Hasaranga remains the highest ranked bowler, followed by Rashid Khan.

In the general classification, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Hardik Pandya continue to occupy the first three places.

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