Pakistan vs ICC World XI 2017: Babar Azam rises to 6th spot in ICC T20I Rankings

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has risen 21 spots to grab a career-best sixth position in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings after his player of the series performance helped complete a 2-1 victory over the World XI in the Independence Cup series played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The 22-year-old started with a fine innings of 86 and followed it up with two other useful knocks of 45 and 48 to finish as the highest run scorer in the series with 179 runs, eight more than his compatriot Ahmed Shehzad, who has gained nine slots to reach joint-22nd position. In the latest rankings update, which also takes into account performances in Saturday s one-off T20I in Durham which the Windies won against England by 21 runs, Shoaib Malik was another Pakistan batsman to gain as his 94 runs in the Lahore series saw him gain four slots to reach 30th position. Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan has gained 32 places to reach 66th rank among bowlers. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs ICC World XI 2017, 3rd T20I at Lahore

As for the World XI, Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has gained 16 slots to reach 53rd place among batsmen and has also moved up 13 slots to take 79th position among bowlers, while South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved up three places to 12th position. Windies batsman Evin Lewis s knock of 51 has helped him gain one spot to reach a career-best third position while his opening partner Chris Gayle s score of 40 has helped him gain four slots to reach joint-22nd position. Among its bowlers, Carlos Brathwaite (up 17 places to 33rd) and Kesrick Williams (up 12th place to 61st) are the major gainers after taking three wickets each in Durham. No overnight miraculous return of international cricket to Pakistan: ICC

Similarly, England pace bowler Liam Plunkett (up 15 places to 23rd) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (up 11 places to 28th) have ensured upward movement after their three-wicket hauls. Meanwhile, the Windies side has overtaken England in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings. The Windies side was in fourth position with 117 points before the match but is now third with 120 points. On the other hand, England has lost four points to slip from second to fourth position with 119 points in the table led by New Zealand with 125 points. Hashim Amla overwhelmed by reception in Pakistan

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 17 September, after the Pakistan v World XI series and England v West Indies one-off match):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/R Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 826 53.82 136 897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014

2 ( – ) Aaron Finch Aus 787 38.64 149 892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

3 (+1) Evin Lewis WI 780*! 36.00 155 780 v Eng at Emirates Riverside 2017

4 (-1) Kane Williamson NZ 745 36.29 123 760 v Ban at Napier 2017

5 ( – ) Glenn Maxwell Aus 718 29.35 167 763 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

6 (+21) Babar Azam Pak 713*! 54.00 126 713 v ROW at Lahore 2017

7 ( – ) Alex Hales Eng 690 32.92 135 866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014

8 (-2) Joe Root Eng 683 39.10 129 750 v WI at Kolkata 2016

9 (-1) M. Shahzad Afg 664 32.34 137 706 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

10= ( – ) H. Masakadza Zim 657 29.43 120 699 v Ban at Khulna 2016

(-2) Faf du Plessis SA 657 36.09 133 843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge S/R Highest Rating

12 (+3) Hashim Amla SA 651 33.97 131 657 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

22= (+4) Chris Gayle WI 559 35.04 145 831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

(+9) Ahmed Shehzad Pak 559 26.61 117 709 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

30 (+4) Shoaib Malik Pak 529 28.65 117 577 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

53 (+16) Thisara Perera SL 449! 23.78 150 449 v Pak at Lahore 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Imad Wasim Pak 742 18.72 5.92 780 v WI at Trinidad 2017

2 (+1) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 737 18.38 6.70 764 v Eng at Bengaluru 2017

3 (-1) Imran Tahir SA 719 15.85 6.80 795 v NZ at Auckland 2017

4 ( – ) Rashid Khan Afg 717! 14.35 5.91 717 v WI at St Kitts 2017

5 (+1) M. Rahman Ban 695*! 14.92 6.16 695 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

6 (-1) Samuel Badree WI 694 17.59 5.79 855 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

7 ( – ) James Faulkner Aus 688! 19.00 7.96 688 v SL at Adelaide 2017

8 ( – ) Sunil Narine WI 676 20.68 6.02 817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013

9 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 648 20.82 6.78 672 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

10= ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 626 22.94 6.97 765 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2016

( – ) M. Naveed UAE 626 17.27 6.06 632 v Afg at Dubai (GCA) 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Eco Highest Rating

23 (+15) Liam Plunkett Eng 560*! 20.15 7.38 560 v WI at Emirates Riverside 2017

28 (+11) Adil Rashid Eng 547 30.10 7.83 561 v Ind at Nagpur 2017

33 (+17) C. Brathwaite WI 532*! 28.00 8.26 532 v Eng at Emirates Riverside 2017

61 (+12) Kesrick Williams WI 440*! 12.31 6.59 440 v Eng at Emirates Riverside 2017

66= (+32) Shadab Khan Pak 427*! 14.50 6.48 427 v ROW at Lahore 2017

79 (+13) Thisara Perera SL 386 27.57 9.14 462 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2015

80= (+20) Morne Morkel SA 382 25.34 7.50 646 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating

1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 354 408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

2 ( – ) Glenn Maxwell Aus 344 388 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

3 ( – ) M. Nabi Afg 275 286 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

4 (-1) Marlon Samuels WI 270 321 v SL at Mirpur 2014

5 ( – ) Mahmudullah Ban 203! 203 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

*indicates provisional rating

!indicates best ranking