Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Wednesday ended the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches against South Africa as the No.1 ranked ODI batsman in the world, overtaking Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli was the number one ranked ODI batsman from August 2017 to April 2021, counting to 1,258 days but now Pakistan captain Babar Azam become the undisputed number one in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings.
Babar is only the fourth Pakistani to attain the number one position, ending Kohli’s 1,258 day-supremacy. Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003) are the only three Pakistanis in the past to attain the top spot.
The 26-year-old Babar made his debut against Zimbabwe in 2015 and has amassed 3808 runs in 78 ODI innings at a splendid average of 56.83. The elegant right-handed batsman has 13 centuries and 17 half-centuries under his belt.
Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman returned to the top 10 following a stellar series against South Africa in which he won the player of the series award, while Shaheen Shah Afridi was just outside the top 10 in the latest rankings.