Babar Azam retains top spot in ICC ODI Rankings


Karachi: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has retained the top ODI batsman ranking in the recent update by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The 26-year-old Babar is ahead of India’s Virat Kohli with eight ranking points. Babar has 865 while Kohli stands at 857.

On the other hand, England all-rounder Chris Woakes has reached a career-best third position among bowlers.

Woakes, who grabbed six wickets in two matches including a haul of four for 18 in the first ODI, has advanced four slots in the list led by New Zealand’s Trent Boult with Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz in second place.

England’s Test captain Joe Root moved up two places to 13th position with a series-topping aggregate of 147 runs and captain Eoin Morgan inching up from 26th to 25th.

In T20I Rankings, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has advanced nine places to 13th after aggregating 255 runs in their five-match series against the West Indies. West Indies’ Evin Lewis is up to one place to ninth position after finishing with 178 runs.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has moved from 95th to 44th among bowlers after finishing with 10 wickets in the series while Obed McKoy has moved up 65 places to 53rd with nine wickets.