LAHORE: National cricket team captain Babar Azam has snatched the first position from Virat Kohli in the ODI cricket rankings.
Babar Azam has ended the ODI series against South Africa in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League as the number one batsman in the world of cricket.
Babar Azam, who scored 228 runs in three ODIs against South Africa, scored a total of 28 rating points during the series. There was a gap of 20 rating points.
Babar Azam topped the ICC ODI Players Rankings after scoring a fine 103 in the first ODI against the hosts, but lost five points after being dismissed for 31 in the second match of the series Reached the second position again.
However, in the third and decisive match of the series, Babar Azam once again showed excellent batting and was declared the man of the match by scoring 94 runs.
Thanks to this innings against the host team, they have once again reached the first position in the ODI International Players Rankings.
Before Babar Azam, India captain Virat Kohli was the number one batsman in the world. He has been at the same rank since October 2017. At the first position in the ODI International rankings, Brahman Babar Azam is ranked third in the world T20 rankings and sixth in the Tests. Apart from him, only Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the world who is currently in the top six batsmen in the world rankings of these three formats.
Babar Azam is the fourth Pakistani in the history of ODI cricket to win the award.
Earlier, Zaheer Abbas had won the first position in the world rankings for playing an unbeaten innings of 103 runs in the match against New Zealand in the 1983 World Cup, then Javed Miandad scored 103 runs against Sri Lanka in the 1987 World Cup. What was
18 years ago, Mohammad Yousuf scored 60 runs in the home series against South Africa and took the first position in the ICC ODI International Rankings.
The next goal is to maintain this ranking: Babar
The captain of Pakistan cricket team Babar Azam says that he is very proud to be included in the list of famous players like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Muhammad Yousuf.
He said that these three cricketers will always be the bright stars of Pakistan cricket.
Babar Azam says that now his next goal is to maintain this ranking, he will try to show hard work and oneness. Sir Viv Richards held the position from January 1984 to October 1988, while Virat Kohli held the position for 1258 days.
Fakhr and Shaheen Afridi’s development
In addition, opener Fakhr Zaman not only won the Man of the Series award for scoring 302 runs in three matches against South Africa, but he is also among the top ten batsmen in the ICC ODI Players Rankings. With 8, 193 and 101 runs in the series, he has risen from 19th to 7th position in the world rankings.
On the other hand, fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi of the national cricket team has also secured his best position in ODI cricket. The young fast bowler, who took 3 wickets in the last ODI of the series against South Africa, has secured 11th position in the latest world rankings.