Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam, has an opportunity to go to the highest of the ICC ODI batsmen rankings within the upcoming sequence in opposition to South Africa. Babar is presently quantity two on the earth with 837 factors and is barely 20 factors behind the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who has held the highest spot since 22 October 2017.
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Though Babar has solely performed three ODIs for the reason that begin of 2020, he has piled up the runs. He scored 221 runs at a mean of 110.50 in his earlier three ODIs, together with a century and a half-century in his final two outings.
Kohli, alternatively, has not been as spectacular as his ordinary requirements. His final century, in any format, was again in 2019. Since his debut in worldwide cricket, 2020 was the primary yr when he didn’t register a century, and his barren run has continued in 2021.
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Within the newest ICC batsmen rankings, Kohli misplaced 11 factors as he scored 66 and seven runs within the final two ODIs in opposition to England, narrowing the hole between him and Babar. Equally, Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, ranked quantity three on the earth, additionally misplaced 11 factors as he failed to attain a half-century within the just lately concluded three-match sequence in opposition to England, placing him 12 factors behind second-placed Babar Azam.
Babar will lead his troops within the three-match ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa, scheduled to start out from 2 April. The sequence can be essential for Babar to go prime of the ICC ODI batsmen rankings and Pakistan to climb up the ICC Cricket World Cup Tremendous League desk.