Babar Azam becomes World Number 1 batsman as he topples Virat Kohli from atop the ODI ranking. The latter was atop the ranking for more than three years. Babar Aam has been often compared to Kohli who is regarded as a modern great across all formats. The ICC said in a statement that Azam had ended Virat Kohli’s 1,258-day stay atop the ODI ranking. This was after Pakistan’s 2-1 series win over South Africa.
“I have also previously topped the T20I rankings, but the ultimate ambition and goal is to lead the Test rankings,” Azam said. “This is another milestone in my career, which will now require even more hard work and absolute consistency with the bat in order for me to hold on to the ranking for an extended period of time,” Pakistan has come with their guns blazing.
Babar Azam is only the fourth Pakistan batsman to become World Number 1 to achieve this feat following in the footsteps of Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf. He and Kohli are the only batsman who is in the top six across all formats. He recently became the fastest batsman to score 13 centuries surpassing Virat Kohli and Hashim Amla.
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