ICC Rankings: Babar Azam topples Virat Kohli to take No.1 position in ODIs

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has toppled Virat Kohli arsenic the No.1 ODI batsman, according to the latest ICC rankings connected Wednesday (April 14), ending a agelong reign. 

Pakistan skipper  Babar Azam. (Reuters Photo)

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Babar Azam has overhauled Virat Kohli to instrumentality the No.1 spot successful ICC ODI rankings
  • Babar became the fastest men’s planetary cricketer to people 13 ODI hundreds this month
  • The 26-year-old is lone the 4th Pakistan batsman to assertion the apical spot

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has overhauled Virat Kohli to instrumentality the No.1 spot successful the latest ICC ODI rankings, connected Wednesday. Babar has ended the Indian captain's semipermanent reign astatine the apical of the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings.

The 26-year-old has frankincense go lone the 4th batsman from Pakistan to assertion the apical spot successful ICC ODI rankings.

Earlier this month, helium continued his awesome show streak successful ODIs with yet different period arsenic his squad bushed South Africa successful a thriller astatine the Centurion. Led by Babar Azam’s 13th ODI hundred, Pakistan won the archetypal ODI against South Africa connected the last-ball contempt being successful the driver’s spot for astir of the match.

In the process, Babar became the fastest men’s planetary cricketer to people 13 ODI hundreds, going past the likes of different large players specified arsenic Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla.

Babar has taken conscionable 76 innings to execute the feat going past South Africa prima Hashim Amla who until present was the fastest, having scored his 13th ODI 100 successful 83 innings. India skipper Virat Kohli got determination successful 86 innings.

— ICC (@ICC) April 14, 2021

After being appointed arsenic the Test captain, past year, Babar said that helium is blessed with the comparisons with the champion players of his procreation and besides alert of his presumption successful planetary cricket.

However, the Pakistan skipper crossed formats has acceptable a benchmark for himself and keeps challenging his ain performances arsenic helium knows that his cardinal work is to triumph games for Pakistan.

“I know. It does consciousness bully that you are compared to immoderate precise bully players successful the game. My mindset is that I situation myself. I acceptable myself targets. I acceptable myself benchmarks. I person to triumph matches for Pakistan. And triumph matches which assistance the team.

Comparisons with large players besides assistance you to acceptable goals that lucifer those of the large players. If your sanction figures successful the apical 5 of the satellite it is evidently a bully feeling. It besides means that you person to support performing to those standards and that boosts your assurance too. I similar it,” the 26-year-old Lahore batsman said.

“I person won fans with my performances and I person friends successful India too. I besides person fans successful India and I petition them to support supporting me. To support backing me,” Babar said astir his fans successful India.