Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was elated to beryllium crowned the caller No. 1 batsman successful one-day planetary cricket connected Wednesday and is present mounting his sights connected starring the Test batting charts.
Babar Azam dethroned India skipper Virat Kohli from the apical of the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen aft an outstanding bid against South Africa wherever helium scored 228 runs successful 3 ODIs including a 100 and a fifty.
Babar's 100 successful the archetypal lucifer successful South Africa saw him clinch the grounds for the fastest to people 13 ODI hundreds successful men's cricket, going past the likes of different large players specified arsenic Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla.
The 26-year-old gained 13 standing points to scope 865 points and helium present leads Kohli by 8 points. He is lone the 4th batsman from Pakistan to assertion the apical spot successful ODI rankings aft Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003). Kohli's reign astatine the apical lasted for 1,258 days.
"I consciousness privileged and honoured to person joined the institution of stalwarts similar Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who volition ever beryllium the shining stars of Pakistan cricket.
"This is different milestone successful my career, which volition present necessitate adjacent much hard enactment and implicit consistency with the bat successful bid for maine to clasp connected to the ranking for an extended play of time, similar Sir Vivian Richards from January 1984 to October 1988 and Virat Kohli for 1,258 days," said Babar successful an authoritative PCB release.
"I person besides antecedently topped the T20I rankings, but the eventual ambition and extremity is to pb the Test rankings, which are the existent testament and reward to a batsman's calibre, estimation and skills. I recognize to execute this objective, I volition not lone person to execute consistently, but much importantly, against the apical sides," helium added.