Babar Azam Inches Closer to Regaining Top Position in ODI Rankings


Pakistan’s former captain, Babar Azam, is just two points away from reclaiming the title of No. 1 ODI batsman in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday. Shubman Gill leads with 826 rating points, while Babar Azam closely follows in second place with 824 points.

Virat Kohli’s pursuit of the top position has gained momentum after his impressive performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, propelling him to third place, just 35 rating points behind Shubman Gill. India’s skipper Rohit Sharma secured the fourth spot with 769 rating points.

Quinton de Kock dropped two spots to fifth in the ODI batter rankings, while Daryl Mitchell rose five places to sixth. Keshav Maharaj maintains his top position in the updated ODI bowler rankings, with Australian players like Josh Hazlewood (second), Mitchell Starc (12th), and Pat Cummins (27th) making significant gains.

India’s Mohammed Siraj (third) and Jasprit Bumrah (fourth) remain in the top 10 for ODI bowlers, while Kuldeep Yadav drops to equal sixth. Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi climbed to the ninth spot. The top 10 of the ODI rankings for all-rounders sees no major changes, with Bangladesh’s veteran Shakib Al Hasan maintaining a comfortable lead.

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