Babar Azam's ODI Ranking Under Threat At ICC World Cup


Babar Azam's ODI ranking under threat at ICC World Cup

India's Shubman Gill, along with several other outstanding performers at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, is closing in on the Pakistan skipper.

LAHORE: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Oct 25th, 2023) Babar Azam's position as the top-ranked ODI batsman in the ICC Rankings has been threatened, as he now holds just a slim six-point lead.

Babar's rating points have dipped to 829, despite his impressive tally of 157 runs from five innings in the World Cup. His most recent contribution was a resilient 74 in a losing effort against Afghanistan in Chennai.

India's Shubman Gill, along with several other outstanding performers at the ICC Men's cricket World Cup, is closing in on the Pakistan skipper.

Shubman Gill, representing India, has scored 95 runs in just three World Cup matches, elevating his rating points to 823. This boost in his rankings comes on the heels of a remarkable innings of 53 against Bangladesh in Pune.

Gill isn't the only one challenging Babar's top spot. South Africa's Quinton de Kock is in third place in the ODI batting rankings, having achieved three remarkable centuries during the World Cup, putting him within striking distance.

South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen has climbed seven places to fourth in the rankings, achieving a career-high rating. Meanwhile, the experienced duo of Virat Kohli (up three places) and David Warner (up two places) now share the fifth position due to their impressive performances in India.

Daryl Mitchell, a consistent middle-order performer from New Zealand, has surged 16 places to secure the 13th position in the rankings after accumulating 268 runs from four innings in the World Cup.

In the ODI bowling rankings, Australia's Josh Hazlewood continues to lead, but his challengers are closing in. India's Mohammed Siraj, who has taken six wickets in five World Cup appearances, is now in second place.

South African spinner Keshav Maharaj has risen two places to third and achieved a new career-high rating, thanks to his seven wickets in the tournament. Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi and Australia's Adam Zampa have also made significant gains in the top 10.

South Africa's Marco Jansen has made the most significant move, climbing 23 places to share the 11th position with Scotland's Michael Leask.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan retains his top position in the ODI all-rounders' rankings.

Abdullah Hussain

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