Babar Azam Reclaims No.1 Position in ICC ODI Batting Rankings

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In a recent turn of events, the cricketing world witnesses a familiar face reclaiming glory as Babar Azam, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, secures the coveted top spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI batting rankings.

The Triumph of Babar Azam

Babar Azam has once again ascended to the No. 1 position in the ICC ODI rankings, overtaking India’s rising star batter, Shubman Gill. With a remarkable rating of 824, Babar Azam has edged out Gill, who now stands at the second spot with 810 rating points.

This resurgence marks a triumphant return for Babar Azam, who had held the No. 1 position for nearly three years before briefly conceding it to Shubman Gill. The 29-year-old batsman’s consistency and skill have once again propelled him to the pinnacle of ODI batting excellence.

Babar Azam’s Impressive Record

Babar Azam’s journey to the top is backed by a stellar record in ODIs. With 5729 runs in 117 matches at an outstanding average of 56.72, he has proven his mettle as a premier batsman. The 19 centuries under his belt further showcase his high-quality batting skills and his ability to perform consistently at the highest level.

Captaincy Transition and Future Aspirations

Babar Azam recently made the decision to step down from the captaincy across all formats of Pakistan cricket following a disappointing World Cup 2023 campaign. Despite a temporary dip in form during his captaincy stint, fans remain optimistic that the talented batter will now unleash his true batting skills on the field.

With a renewed focus on his primary role as a batsman, Babar Azam aims to make significant contributions and solidify his standing as one of the premier ODI batsmen in the world. His decision to relinquish the captaincy reflects a strategic move to prioritize his individual performance and lead the team through his batting prowess.

Latest ICC ODI Batting Rankings

Here are the latest ICC ODI batting rankings:

  1. Babar Azam – Pakistan – 824
  2. Shubman Gill – India – 810
  3. Virat Kohli – India – 775
  4. Rohit Sharma – India – 754
  5. David Warner – Australia – 745
  6. Daryll Mitchell – New Zealand – 743
  7. Harry Tector – Ireland – 723
  8. Rassie van der Dussen – South Africa – 717
  9. Dawid Malan – England – 707
  10. Heinrich Klaasen – South Africa – 705

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