Babar Azam dethrones Kohli as No.1 ODI batsman

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has displaced his counterpart from the Indian border, Virat Kohli, to become the new No.1 ranked batsman in ICC ODI rankings.

Babar Azam dethrones Kohli as No.1 ODI batsman
Babar Azam: The current No.1 ODI batsman. Photo: AFP


Babar has attained a career-high 865 points following a momentous series against South Africa, whom his side defeated 2-1 to grab 20 World Cup Super League points.

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The 26-year-old struck a match-winning 101 in the first ODI and a quick-fire 94 in the third, both at Centurion’s SuperSport Park, which contributed to Pakistan’s wins.

The latest ICC weekly update has seen Babar’s promotion to the number one. Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003) were the previous Pakistani No.1 batsmen.

Kohli now sits second with 857 points. He has not made a hundred in this format in last two years. He still had retained his position for 1,258 days.

Fakhar Zaman, the player of the series during the tour, has moved five places to caterer-best seventh position. He made back-to-back hundreds – a rollicking 193 in a losing cause in the second ODI and 101 in the third to help his side seal series.

Fast-bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has moved four places up to 11th in the bowling rankings, which is led by New Zealand’s Trent Boult (737 points). Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz (668) is now ranked fifth, above Kagiso Rabada.

Shakib Al Hasan (408), Ben Stokes (295) and Mohammad Nabi (294) hold the first, second and third positions in the all-rounder rankings.

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