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How Suryakumar Yadav overtook Babar Azam in ICC ranking for best T20I batsmen

Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav has continued his recent push towards becoming the best T20I batsman in the world after he made further inroads on the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men's Player Rankings. Yadav impressed fans with a classy 46 for India during their narrow loss to Australia in Mohali in the opening match of their three-game series yesterday and it helped him inch closer to Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the T20I batsman rankings.

The right-hander overtook Pakistan captain Babar Azam and into third place on the latest list of T20I rankings for batsmen that were released by the ICC today, with Rizwan now just 45 points ahead of him.

Mohammad Rizwan hit a half-century in Pakistan's loss to in Karachi yesterday. He maintains a narrow advantage at the top of the rankings with a career-high total of 825 points.

However, South African star Aiden Markram (792 points) and Suryakumar Yadav (780) are within striking distance and will get the chance to make a run for the top ranking with the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia less than a month away.

Babar drops to fourth on the latest rankings following his below-par Asia Cup and a return of 31 against in the series opener of their series, while England's Dawid Malan (725) and Australia Aaron Finch (715) round out a classy top six.

A host of India and Australia players made significant ground on the latest set of T20I rankings, while and Pakistan players also caught the eye.

Explosive Indian batsman rocketed up 22 places to 65th overall on the batsman rankings following his superb 71* against the Aussies, while team-mate Axar Patel shot up 24 spots to 33rd on the list for bowlers after he collected three wickets during the same match.

Consistent seamer Josh Hazlewood maintains his place as the No.1 ranked bowler and the right arm displayed his prowess with the key wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in that high-scoring showdown.

spinner Adil Rashid stays in third and on the coat-tails of Hazlewood and second-placed Tabraiz Shamsi following a two-wicket haul against Pakistan while returning Alex Hales re-enters the T20I batsman rankings following a three-year hiatus from 20-over international cricket.

Pakistan quick Haris Rauf moves up four spots to 21st on the latest list for T20I bowlers after a strong showing against England, while team-mate Mohammad Nawaz jumps three places to 31st.

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