Babar Azam, the Pakistan cricket team captain, is no longer the top-ranked ODI batter globally. Babar Azam ranking goes down from the top spot to second place after more than two years.
The new No.1 is the young Indian talent, Shubman Gill, as per the latest ICC Men’s Batting Rankings.
Babar Azam had held the top spot for over two years, but Shubman Gill’s outstanding performance during India’s campaign in the World Cup has propelled him to the pinnacle of ODI rankings.
Shubman Gill is in first place with 830 points. Babar Azam is on 2nd with 824 points.
He has joined an elite group of Indian batsmen, including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli, who have achieved this distinction.
Shubman Gill’s recent displays include scoring 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa, contributing to his total of 219 runs from six innings in the tournament.
These remarkable performances have catapulted him to the top of the rankings. In addition to this change, Shreyas Iyer has risen 17 places to 18th on the ODI batters list.
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman has moved up three spots to 11th place, and Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran has climbed six places to 12th, showcasing improved rankings among the batters, India’s Mohammad Siraj the bowling department has regained the top spot in ODI bowling rankings after taking 10 wickets at the World Cup. Last week’s top ODI bowler, Shaheen Afridi, has dropped four places to share fifth place with Australia’s Josh Hazlewood.
India’s bowlers have made significant progress in the rankings, with Kuldeep Yadav moving up three places to fourth, Jasprit Bumrah climbing three spots to eighth, and Mohammed Shami rising seven places to 10th.
Notably, Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Madushanka, the leading wicket-taker at the World Cup, has jumped es to secure the 45th position in the ODI bowling rankings.
Despite exiting the World Cup early due to injury, Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, retains his No.1 ranking as an all-rounder. Meanwhile, after his remarkable double century against Afghanistan Australian veteran Glenn Maxwell, has improved two places to sixth in the all-rounder rankings.