Babar Azam cements top position on ICC ODI rankings, Virat Kohli on 2nd

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Babar Azam’s cameo of 158 in the final ODI against England on Tuesday helps him cement the top spot of ICC ODI’s ranking, Virat Kohli still at second.

West Indies spinner, Fabian Allen moved into 10 spots of ICC Men’s T20I player rankings on Wednesday after showcase of his brilliant talent in the ongoing five-match T20 series against Australia.

The 26-year-old left-arm spinner has gained 16 points to reach the 10th spot in the bowler’s list after getting three wickets in the first three matches, all of them won by West Indies, who will defend their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title later this year.

Fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell moved two places up to 22nd, Dwayne Bravo up to seven places to 37th, Obed McCoy moved up to 15 places to 38th have also moved up in the bowler’s list for West Indies.

Meanwhile, Australian left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc has advanced five spots up to 29th position.

Shimron Hetmyer to 37th from 62nd, Lendl Simmons seven places up to 64th has moved up in the batsman list along with Chris Gayle and Andre Russel, who have gained 22 and 38 places respectively.

In ICC’s Men ODI players ranking, which also considers performances in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League that England won 3-0 against Pakistan, and the ongoing two-match ODI series of Ireland and South Africa, Babar Azam cemented his top spot.

The 26-year-old, after striking 158 in the final ODI against England, has gained eight rating points to reach a career-best 873 points, 16 more than Indian skipper, Virat Kohli who stands on the second spot. Rohit Sharma is third with 825 points.

Willian Portfield (up to five places to 74th) and Harry Trector (up 37 places to 90th), South Africa’s Janneman Malan (up 12 places to 95th), and England’s James Vince (up 85 places to 113th) in the batters’ list are among the remaining players who gained points on Wednesday’s update.

England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood (up 89 places to 63rd), Ireland’s Craig Young (up to four places to 78th), and Joshua Little (up 22 places to 86th) have moved up among bowlers.

In ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, Zimbabwe skipper, Brendan Taylor has advanced up seven places to 28th position after a classic knock of 81 and 92 in a one-off Test against Bangladesh in Harare. 

From bowlers, Blessing Muzarabani moved up six places to 45th and Donald Tiripano moved up three places to 76th, are other Zimbabwe players to gain points in the latest update.

From Bangladesh batters, Mahmudullah moved up 19 places to 44th and Liton Das has gained 15 places and is now 55th.

Spinner Mehidy Hasan is up to six places to 24th after finishing with a nine-wicket match haul. Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has advanced from 95th to 89th position.