Pakistan Cricket Team Captain and best batsman Babar Azam on the 14th of April, dethroned India Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli’s legacy of having highest rating at the ICC ODI batting rankings. Babar Azam removed Virat Kohli from the no.1 spot to become the numero uno One Day International (ODI) batsman at ICC rankings.
With this Babar Azam also became the fourth Pakistan batsman to achieve the no.1 ranking in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings. The new rankings were revealed by the ICC in their weekly update toda, the 14th of April. The 26 year old player of the match effort of an 82-ball 94 in the last match of the three ODIs series against South Africa earned him 13 rating points.
With this Virat Kohli slips to number 2 spot in the ICC ODI Batting Rankings. Babar Azam gathered 13 rating points thanks to his innings in the 3rd and final ODI against the Proteas, which took him to 865 rating points and he frog leaped Virat Kohli to become the new no.1 ranked ODI batsman and now leads the Indian captain by 8 rating points.
Babar Azam who had made his Pakistan debut in 2015, had started the series against South Africa at 837 rating points but moved up to 858 (ahead of Kohli) thanks to his brilliant 103 in the 1st match, but had then dropped to 852 points after scoring 32 in the second ODI in the weekly ratings.
This ended Virat Kohli’s 1258-day supremacy at the top spot in ICC ODI batting rankings. And by becoming the no.1 ODI batsman, Babar Azam became the fourth Pakistan batsman to do so, after Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003).
Stay tuned for further updates.