January 19, 2022

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Exclusive : Babar Azam to NO.1 in ODI rankings, overtook Virat Kohli

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam (C) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on April 2, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Babar Azam becomes the only fourth batsman after Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf. ‘This is huge milestone in my career’, Babar Azam told.

The Pakistani batsman Babar Azam overtook Virat Kohli in latest. ICC ODI rankings recently. Babar Azam is in the brilliant form from past few years. He overtook both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in span of just one month.

Virat Kohli scored two half century in England’s ODI series, while Rohit Sharma hadn’t scored single one. Virat Kohli hadn’t scored an international hundred since October-2019. While Babar Azam showed his brilliant touch in Pakistan v South Africa ODI series.

Babar Azam scored 228 runs that series including a brilliant hundred jn Centurion. This performance helped him to pass Virat Kohli who is no.1 ranking Holder since October-2017. Babar Azam’s 94 runs knock in last ODI helped him to gain 8 more point. With that points Virat Kohli overtook Kohli.

“This is another milestone in my career, which will now require even more hard work from me and absolute consistency with the bat for me to hold on to the ODI ranking for an extended period of time”, Babar Azam expressed his feelings after this milestone.

“I feel privileged and honoured to have joined the company of stalwarts like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who will always be athe shining stars of Pakistan cricket. I have also previously topped the T20I rankings, but the ultimate ambition and goal is to lead the Test rankings, which are the real testament and reward to a batsman’s calibre, reputation and skills” Babar Azam added.