Electrifying 2021: Babar tops ICC’s T20I batting tables



Babar Azam finished off his incredible and electrifying 2021 journey with a number 1 T20I batting ranking by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his stellar performance in a match against West Indies.

Babar’s 79 from 53 balls against the West Indies in Karachi moved him back to the top spot, outpacing Aiden Markram and Dawid Malan.

Babar’s legacy is being crafted across all three formats, but his talent shone brightest in 2021’s shortest format.

Babar scored 939 runs at 37.56, with a strike rate of 127.58, aided by a successful tour of South Africa in April, ICC said.

A world-class batting display followed Babar’s 50 in Johannesburg with a 122 from 59 deliveries in Centurion.

Pakistan chased down the target of 204 with two overs to spare after being dismissed in the 18th over trying to ramp Lizaad Williams.

Even though Babar’s move to the top of the order with Mohammad Rizwan was questioned by fans and media alike, the pair took on the batting load with ease.

The pair made 1380 runs together in 2021, with an average partnership of 57.50.

Saud Islam and Simon Ssesazi of Uganda and Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien of Ireland were the second and third best T20I teams in the world this year.