Babar Still Number 1 as Kohli Drops to 32nd in ICC T20I Batter Rankings

Pakistan captain Babar Azam can lay claim to being the top ranked T20I batter in the world for the longest period of time after he maintained his spot at the head of proceedings on the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20 batting rankings.

India star Virat Kohli was the No.1 ranked T20I batter for a total of 1,013 days during his reign last decade, but Babar has now surpassed this number following his long-standing stay at the top.

The Pakistan skipper is currently rated as the No.1 batter in T20Is and ODIs and recently suggested he was keen to try and claim top billing in all three formats of the game.

Meanwhile, Babar’s opening T20I partner, Mohammad Rizwan, is rooted at the third spot in the T20I rankings with Suryakumar Yadav at the second spot. Both the Pakistani batters have been unable to extend their lead at the top as they have only played 1 T20I in 2022 while other teams have been playing T20Is constantly.

Elsewhere, former Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s downfall in international cricket continues as he dropped down to the 32nd spot in T20Is while he is ranked number 12 in Tests and number 5 in ODIs.

There were no other significant movements in rankings in all three formats with limited international cricket over the past week.

Here are the latest T20I batter rankings:

Player Country Rating Points
Babar Azam Pakistan 818
Suryakumar Yadav India 805
Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 794
Aiden Markram South Africa 792
Dawid Malan England 731
Aaron Finch Australia 716
Pathum Nissanka Sri Lanka 661
Devon Conway New Zealand 655
Nicholas Pooran West Indies 644
Martin Guptill New Zealand 638