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Australia's Travis Head has ascended to the No.1 spot in the latest ICC T20I batting rankings, dethroning India's Suryakumar Yadav after stunning performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup tournament, with his latest innings of 76 against India cementing his place at the top. 

Since December 2023, Suryakumar Yadav has held the prestigious position of the top-ranked men's T20I batter. His tenure, marked by brilliant performances and consistent runs, has now been eclipsed by Head's exceptional form. Head’s knock against India, although in a losing cause, showcased his prowess as he kept Australia in contention despite Rohit Sharma’s masterclass for India.

Head’s rise in the rankings saw him leapfrog four spots, pushing Suryakumar, Phil Salt, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan down one place each to round out the top five. West Indies’ Johnson Charles made a significant leap into the top ten, moving up four spots, while Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz climbed five places to 11th.

However, the news wasn't as favourable for all Australians. Marcus Stoinis, who briefly held the top spot in the all-rounder rankings, has slipped to fourth. India’s Hardik Pandya has moved up to third, with Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan in second, and Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga reclaiming the No. 1 spot.

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West Indies’ Roston Chase emerged as a notable mover among all-rounders, jumping 17 places to 12th. In the bowling rankings, England’s Adil Rashid retains the top spot, but Afghanistan's Rashid Khan has surged to second following his World Cup heroics. Australia’s Josh Hazlewood also climbed three places, securing the fourth position behind Hasaranga.

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