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Babar Azam Short of 37 Runs to Claim First Position in ODI Rankings to Replace Virat Kohli

Babar Azam, the sensational Pakistani cricket player, starred a mind-blowing hundred and helped Pakistan bag necessary ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points in their match against South Africa. His outstanding skills and talent have led him to be in second place in the ODI ranking. Babar Azam is short of only 37 runs to claim the first position in the ODI ranking. Does this mean Kohli’s time as the number 1 ODI player has come to an end? Should Pakistani’s be celebrating Babar Azam as the first ranked ODI cricketer? Well, we have got all the information that you need about Babar Azam’s current and future ODI ranking!

Pakistan vs. South Africa

Pakistan sealed an impressive 3 wicket win over South Africa in an extremely intense first ODI match. Babar Azam scored a solid 100 runs. Babar Azam was also announced Man of the Match owing to his flawless performance in the game. 

ICC ODI Rankings – Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam

As India is not currently slated to play ODI matches in the near future, Virat Kohli will not overtake the first spot in ICC ODI rankings. He will now be busy in IPL matches and then travel to England for a 5-match test series. Thus, his position might be taken over by the highly talented Babar Azam, who has had his eyes set on the first rank for quite some time. Lucky for him, it is his time to shine! With only 37 runs required to move from second to the first position, Babar Azam will leave a mark as an exceptional cricket player in Pakistan cricket history. 

But it does not just stop here! Babar Azam has pulled out all the big guns and played to his full potential this cricket season. In fact, he has left Kohli, Quinton de Kock, and Hashim Amla behind and has become the fastest batsman to score 13 ODI centuries! He did this in only 76 innings while it took his rivals Amla and Kohli 83 and 86 innings, respectively. 

Current ODI Positions of Kohli and Babar 

Kohli stands at spot number 1 with a whopping 857 points. However, Babar Azam is just at his tail with 837 points at second position. Careful Kohli, Babar is out to get you, and it seems like he’s about to succeed. 

Final Verdict

Babar Azam’s sensational cricket skills have led him to become the pride of Pakistan. He has a special place in every Pakistan cricket lover’s heart. His hard work and talent have paid off, and he is most likely going to become the top cricketer in the ODI rankings! He only needs 37 runs to unseat his Indian counterpart!

Written by Amna Aslam

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