Azam’s match-profitable knock within the final ODI towards South Africa helped him achieve 13 factors within the rankings to succeed in a profession-greatest 865.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has surpassed Virat Kohli within the newest ICC ODI rankings to say the No.1 spot. Having made his identify within the cricketing world as a synonym of consistency, Virat Kohli held the place for a report 1258 days earlier than a marginal dip in kind coincided with Babar’s sensational run led to his downfall.
Kohli has not been as extremely concerned in 50-overs cricket within the latest previous, whereas his latest most ODI task – a 3-match ODI collection towards England at dwelling final month – didn’t materialize with the sort of consistency he’s identified for.
On different hand, Virat’s counterpart, Azam, has been amongst the runs, scoring piles of them towards South Africa of their yard throughout Pakistan’s latest collection win. He was in superb kind in all three ODIs as his scores learn 103, 31, and 94, totaling 228 runs at a formidable 76.
Azam’s match-profitable knock within the final ODI, an 82-ball 94, helped him achieve 13 factors within the rankings to succeed in a profession-greatest 865, whereas Kohli, with 857, is now second. At a distant third comes India’s Rohit Sharma (825 factors).
Don’t get too cozy on the prime: Wasim Jaffer
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer, in the meantime, has efficiently discovered a humorous aspect to even this example. As Azam turned solely the fourth Pakistan batsman to realize the summit in ICC ODI rankings historical past after Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003), Jaffer congratulated the batsman as he took a cheeky dig on the identical time.
Responding to ICC Media’s official Twitter deal with with a wink, Jaffer wrote “Congratulations @babarazam258, well deserved. But don’t get too comfy at the top, you know how much Virat Kohli loves chasing #ICCRankings,”.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 14, 2021
For the second, Babar Azam is main Pakistan towards the identical opposition in a 4-match T20I collection, which is drawn 1-1 presently, with two extra video games to be performed, whereas Kohli is main his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) within the ongoing 14th version of the Indian Premier League.
Having dominated the rankings for this lengthy, the Indian skipper is not going to get an opportunity to regain his spot quickly as the newest India function in an ODI might be throughout three-ODI collection towards Sri Lanka in June this 12 months.