Babar Azam to Replace Virat Kohli as No 1 ODI Batsman

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International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to update the official rankings, but it stands as a mere conventionality before Babar is officially proclaimed as the new number one ODI batsman in the world.

Babar required a score in excess of 70 runs prior to the start of the third ODI between Pakistan and South Africa to cover the gap of 5 rating points between the two batsmen. Babar managed to score 94 runs, falling only six short of his fourteenth ODI century. His brilliant innings helped Pakistan to win the match by 28 runs and the series by 2-1.

Babar Azam’s steady and consistent performances over the past few years have helped him to move to the top of the ICC ODI batsmen rankings, bettering Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who was ranked as the number one ODI batsman since 2017.

In the first ODI, Babar became the quickest batsman in the world to score 13 ODI centuries, taking only 76 innings to achieve the feat, surpassing Hashim Amla, who took 83 innings.

Babar’s record in the ODIs has been outstanding. He has scored 3,808 runs, including 13 centuries, the third most by a Pakistani batsman, at an average of 56.83 in 80 matches.