Yadav impressed with a stylish 46 in India’s four-wicket defeat to Australia in the opening game of their three-game series at Mohali on Tuesday. The knock helped him approach the Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the T20I batter card.
The right-hander dethroned Babar from third place, with Rizwan now just 45 rating points ahead of him.
Rizwan made half a century ago on Tuesday in Pakistan’s loss to England in Karachi and maintains a small lead at the top of the rankings with a career-high total of 825 rating points.
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South African Aiden Markram (792 rating points) is second to Yadav (780).
Babar dropped to fourth in the latest league table after his underpowered Asian Cup and a 31 against England in the series opener. England’s Dawid Malan (725) and Australian skipper Aaron Finch (715) complete the top 6.
Alongside Yadav, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya jumped 22 places to 65th overall after his outstanding 71 not-out against Australia, while teammate Axar Patel shot up 24 places to 33rd in the bowlers’ list after collecting three wickets on Tuesday.
Australian sailor Josh Hazlewood maintained his top spot among the bowlers after picking up key wickets from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the opening T20I.
England spinner Adil Rashid is third, trailing Hazlewood and second-seeded Tabraiz Shamsi after a two-wicket-haul against Pakistan, while returning veteran Alex Hales re-enters the T20I rankings after a three-year hiatus from 20-above international cricket.
The speedy Haris Rauf of Pakistan rises four places to 21st on the final list for the T20I bowling list after a strong performance against England, while team-mate Mohammed Nawazu jumps three places to 31st.