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Twitter reacts as Babar Azam becomes the no. 1 T20I batsman in the world

Babar Azam was already at the top position in the ODI rankings of ICC

After becoming the best ODI batsman in the world a few months ago, Babar Azam has now achieved the top ICC ranking in T20 international cricket as well and on the basis of rankings, he can be called the best white-ball batsman in the world right now.

Babar, who always gets a bit of criticism for his strike rate in T20 international cricket, has scored three fifties in the ongoing T20 World Cup and all three have resulted in a Pakistan win, even though none of those fifties were scored at a very high strike rate.

The surfaces that have been on show in the UAE in this T20 World Cup have been slow and, at times, two-paced in nature as well, and they have required Babar’s style of batting, rather than power-hitting against the new ball, right from the word go.

Babar has made a serious impact for Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2021 already

In the first game that Pakistan played in the T20 World Cup 2021 against India, the new ball moved quite a bit early on, but Babar dug in and got Pakistan over the line with a crafty half-century, and he did it again against Afghanistan as well, although the victory against Afghanistan wouldn’t have been possible without Asif Ali’s cameo at the end.

Babar’s third half-century against Namibia last night didn’t just ensure Pakistan’s qualification to the T20 World Cup

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semi-final, it also ensured Babar’s rise to the top of the T20 international rankings.

English top-order batsman Dawid Malan was the no. 1 T20I batsman in the world in the previous rankings released by ICC, but he lost his top position as his recent form has been shaky and he hasn’t really got even one substantial score to his name in the ongoing T20 World Cup so far.

Here is how Twitter reacted after Babar Azam became the no. 1 T20I batsman in the world –

 

 

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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