New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Team captain Babar Azam has climbed to the No.1 spot in the ODI batsmen rankings of International Cricket Council's (ICC), putting an end to Indian skipper Virat Kohli's legacy of three and a half year at the top of the rankings.
The feat comes after Babar's player of the match effort of an 82-ball 94 in Pakistan's third ODI against South Africa, which helped them win the three-match series. It took his rating points to 865, leaving behind Kohli's 857 points and thus pushing the Indian captain to second place.
Babar is only the fourth player from Pakistan to top the ODI batting rankings after Zaheer Abbas (1983-84), Javed Miandad (1988-89), and Mohammad Yousuf (2003).
Babar, 26, started the series against South Africa at 837 rating points but moved up to 858 (ahead of Kohli) after his score of 103 in the first match. He dropped to 852 by the time of the last weekly rankings update with a score of 32 in the second ODI.
The Pakistan captain made his ODI debut in May 2015 and has scored 3808 runs at an average of 56.83 in 80 matches thus far. He has 13 centuries and 17 half-centuries to his name.
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman, meanwhile, has jumped five slots to a career-best ranking of seventh after his knock of 101 in the third ODI while left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (up four places to a career-best 11th place) and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (up 29 places to 96th) have progressed thanks to their three-wicket hauls in the match.