Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam is now reigning at the top of ODI rankings after having replaced Virat Kohli for the spot. Babar’s match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach career-best 865 points.
Babar, a star of the Under-19 World Cups in 2010 and 2012, has been playing ODIs since 2015. He had started the South Africa series at 837 rating but the right-hander’s 94 from 82 balls helped him gain 13 rating points to reach 865 points.
With that he conquered Kohli’s spot of 41 months, while Rohit Sharma is maintaining the third spot with 825 points. No other Indian player features in the top 10 batting list. Among bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah is steady on the fourth position behind New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman and again New Zealand’s Matt Henry.
“This is another milestone in my career, which will now require even more hard work and absolute consistency with the bat in order for me to hold on to the ranking for an extended period of time,” Azam said.
“I feel privileged and honoured to have joined the company of stalwarts like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who will always be the shining stars of Pakistan cricket. 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”, he shared.
Azam became just the fourth Pakistan batsman to attain the top ranking after Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003).