Sports Desk (November 12, 2018): With scores of 7, 40 and 79 against New Zealand, Pakistan opener Babar Azam has clung on to the top spot among batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals.
Azam s teammate Mohammad Hafeez – who also made gains on the all-rounders table – rose 16 spots to No.53 after his knocks of 45, 34 and 53, and Shoaib Malik made a gain of one spot to No.28 on the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men s T20I Player Rankings.
Despite the 2-1 series loss, some of the New Zealand batsmen too made gains. Colin Munro rose one spot to No.3, Kane Williamson shot up three places to the 12th position while Ross Taylor jumped up five places to No.59.In the bowling department, Pakistan s Faheeem Ashraf broke into the top 10 at No.7 with career-best points of 652, and Imad Wasim trailed close on his heels at No.8 – a rise of two places.
Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Afridi made massive gains of 20 spots and 41 spots respectively. Hafeez rose to No.59, while Afridi rose to No.78.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee and Adam Milne both rose five spots to No.36 and No.40 respectively, while Trent Boult dropped nine spots to No.27. Ish Sodhi had a lukewarm series and slipped two places to No.5, but remained New Zealand s highest-ranked bowler.