The India captain Virat Kohli has been dethroned by his Pakistan counterpart from the top spot in the ICC rankings for batsmen on Wednesday. This is the first time since the Indian batsman replaced AB de Villiers at the top in October 2017. Azam currently has 865 rating points, eight more than Kohli. Babar Azam became the fourth from his country to attain the position.
The 26-year-old right-hander’s player rise to the top follows a productive series against South Africa in Centurion that helped him gain 13 rating points to reach 865 points.
The Under-19 World Cups star in 2010 and 2012, Azam has been playing ODI’s since 2015 and having started the series against South Africa with 837 rating points, his knock of 103 in the first match helped him extend the points tally to 858, as he overtook Kohli. He slipped to the second spot following a score of 32 in the second match, with 852 rating points. But the score of 94 in the final game of the series helped him to dethrone Kohli from the top spot.
Azam, who became the fourth Pakistan player after Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, and Mohammad Yousuf to make it to the ODI rankings, said he feels privileged and honored to have joined the company of stalwarts who will always be the shining stars of Pakistan cricket.