Babar Azam ends Virat Kohli’s reign as prime ODI batsman in ICC rankings


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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and India captain Virat Kohli. Photo: File

DUBAI: After greater than three years, Babar Azam ended Virat Kohli’s reign as the highest ranked ODI batsman on the planet, confirmed the most recent ICC ODI rankings.

Babar is ranked number one within the ICC’s ODI batsman rankings with 865 factors and Kohli is beneath him with 857 factors. The Indian skipper was sitting on prime of the desk since 2017.

The Pakistan skipper reached the highest of the desk after scoring 228 runs within the lately concluded ODI collection between Pakistan and South Africa.

It is the primary time that Babar has reached the primary place within the ODI rankings for batsman.

The final Pakistani to sit down on the prime of the ODI batting rankings was former batting nice Mohammad Yousuf in 2003.

Babar is the fourth Pakistan batsman after Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf who reach the highest of the ODI batting desk.

“I really feel privileged and honoured to have joined the corporate of stalwarts like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who will at all times be the shining stars of Pakistan cricket,” Babar said in a statement released by the PCB minutes after the ICC update.

Babar is hoping to hold on to the milestone he has achieved but knows that if he wants to retain the position then he will have to work harder and be “completely  constant”.

“I have also previously topped the T20I rankings, but the ultimate ambition and goal is to lead the Test rankings, which are the real testament and reward to a batsman’s calibre, reputation and skills,” stated Babar.

The Pakistan skipper acknowledged that if he desires to achieve his final objective then he should carry out persistently towards the highest sides.

But for now, Babar stated that he’ll savour the second because it has come almost 18 months after his appointment because the white ball captain.

Apart from ODI’s, Babar is at the moment positioned at quantity 6 in Test and quantity three in T20Is.

Fakhar, Shaheen rise to profession finest positions

Apart from Babar, opener Fakhar Zaman has entered the highest 10 of the ODI batsman rankings and quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is on the cusp of coming into the bowlers prime ten.

Zaman is positioned 7 within the rankings after he scored back-to-back centuries towards South Africa within the final two ODIs of the three-match collection.

This is the second time on the trot that Zaman has moved within the ICC rankings, within the final replace he had jumped seven locations and reached the 12th place.

He had risen to the 12th place final week after his stellar knock of 193 runs towards South Africa within the second recreation of the three-match ODI collection on the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

After that match, Zaman scored 101 off 104 balls within the third ODI to finish up within the seventh place. He holds the place collectively with South Africa’s Faf du Plesis.

On the opposite hand, Pakistan’s tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi is on the verge of coming into the highest 10 of the ODI bowling rankings.

Shaheen’s six wickets in three matches at a mean of 32.33 towards South Africa helped him reach the quantity 11 place within the bowlers rankings.

Shaheen’s earlier highest-ranking was 14th, which he had achieved following his two for 61 within the first ODI towards South Africa.