ICC Ranking: Babar Azam’s power in ICC ODI rankings, Kohli surpasses number 1 batsman

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Babar Azam (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

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Dubai, April 14: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday lost his top spot in the ICC batsmen rankings to Pakistan captain Babar Azam, on whom he had been holding for a long time. At the same time Babur became the fourth player to achieve the top position in the rankings from his country. The 26-year-old Babar scored an 82-ball 94 in the final match of the series against South Africa at Centurion, which helped him to 13 ratings points and reached 865 points. Kohli remained at the top of the batsmen rankings for 1,258 days, which was more than three years. Babar achieved number one ODI batsmen like compatriot Zaheer Abbas (1983–84), Javed Miandad (1988–89) and Mohammad Yusuf (2003). The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement that Babur has now led by eight points over Kohli (857 points).

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Babar had 837 rating points before the series against South Africa but he reached 858 points (more than Kohli) with an innings of 103 runs in the first match. With a score of 32 in the second ODI, he slipped to 852 points in the previous weekly ranking. Babar has achieved the best fifth position in the Test and currently occupies the sixth position, while he is third in T20 International but he has also been number one first. Left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman is another Pakistani batsman who has risen to the top of the ODI batting list, jumping five places from his 101-run innings to reach a career-best seventh position. Also read: IPL 2021: Indian batsmen may dominate in IPL, these three players can get orange cap

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Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (up four places to a career-best 11th) and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (up 29 places to 96th) have also progressed by taking three wickets in the match. Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is third in the rankings with 825 points and is the second cricketer in the list of top 10 batsmen in the country. He is ahead of New Zealand’s Ross Taylor. Among the bowlers, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah retained his fourth position. Ravichandran Ashwin is the only Indian in ninth place in the list of top 10 all rounders.

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