Babar Azam cements top position on ICC ODI rankings, Virat Kohli on 2nd
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.
Meanwhile, Australian left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc has advanced five spots up to 29th position.
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.
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.