Pakistan’s young batting sensation, Babar Azam has broken into top ten in ICC Players Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career.
Babar scored a tremendous century in the last ODI of the series against Australia in a losing cuase. He became only the second Pakistani to score a ton against Australia in their home ground.
The 22-year old batsman, who scored three consecutive centuries against West Indies in UAE, scored 282 runs at an average of around 56 in the five-match series. He is now the 10th ranked ODI batsman of the world.
On the other hand, the second best performer for Pakistan with the bat, Sharjeel Khan has jumped 35 spots to capture the 53rd position in ranking. He scored 250 runs in the series against Australia.
Australian opener David Warner has got the top position in the ranking with the courtesy of his red hot form in recent times. The left-handed flamboyant opener is glad that he is in a good nick before the ICC Champions Trophy.
“It is a huge year for one-day cricket with the ICC Champions Trophy later this year and I am hoping I can take my good form into that tournament and help Australia lift the trophy for the third time,” said Warner.
“It is always a great honour and very nice to receive these accolades but from my perspective my job is to put our team into winning positions and I have been fortunate that I have been able to do that lately,” he added.
AB De Villiers is occupying the 2nd position in the ranking followed By Virat Kohli at 3rd, Quinton De Kock at 4th and Kane Williamson at 5th.