In a never-ending battle for the top spot, Suryakumar Yadav has become the top-ranked T20I batsman surpassing Mohammad Rizwan, rising two places in the latest rankings that have been announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Suryakumar has been in sensational form in the ongoing T20 World Cup that is being played in Australia and scored 134 runs in just three innings with scintillating strike rate of 178.67.
The Middle order batter is enjoying a stellar rise on the international stage and is continuing to take major strides towards greatness in the shortest format of the game. He is the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals this year having already registered eight half-centuries and one brilliant century and has been a revelation since making his international T20I debut against England in India back in 2021. His latest feat to take the top ranking from Rizwan is a reward for his brilliant recent run of form.
Yadav’s rise to the top ranking comes on the back of an outstanding start to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where the aggressive right-hander has hit consecutive half centuries against the Netherlands and South Africa and impressed everyone with the way Yadav adapted to the bouncy conditions in Australia.
Yadav isn’t the only batter to rise on the rankings following a strong start to the T20 World Cup, with South Africa left-hander Rilee Rossouw and New Zealand dasher Glenn Phillips also making eye-catching moves inside the top 10. Rossouw hit a magnificent century against Bangladesh in Sydney and the left handed batter moves up a whopping 17 places to eighth overall on the latest T20I batter rankings.
Phillips – who also scored a magnificent century on the tough conditions against Sri Lanka at the SCG – rises five places to seventh on the latest list for batters, with team-mate Devon Conway the only New Zealand player ahead of him. Devon Conway currently stands at Number 3.