Babar Azam set to become the number one ODI batsman

Babar Azam set to become the number one ODI batsman-Social Pakora

Babar Azam set to become the number one ODI batsman

Babar Azam has been continuously talked about as one of the best batsmen in the game. And he continued to show his pedigree in international cricket. Now Babar has added another feather to his illustrious cap. As he became the fastest men’s cricketer to score 13th centuries in ODI cricket.

Babar Azam is all set to dethrone Virat Kohli. And become the number one ranked batsmen in the One Day Internationals for the first time in his career. Pakistan’s skipper brilliant 94 in the third and final ODI against South Africa. Will propel him above Virat Kohli when the ICC rankings are announced next week.

Before yesterday’s game, Babar Azam was on 852 ranking points, just five ranking points behind Virat Kohli.

At the start of the series against South Africa. Azam was more than 30 points behind Kohli in the ICC ODI rankings. But with a century in the 1st ODI and 31 runs knock in the 2nd ODI. He closed the gap to just five points.

The 26-year-old will be the first Pakistani batsmen to achieve this feat in the format after Muhammad Yousuf. Who topped the ranking charts way back in 2003. Babar has featured in 78 ODI’s for Pakistan and thus far amassed 3,808 runs at an amazing average of 56.83.

Babar is currently the highest ranked batsman in the world with 3rd in T20Is and 6th in Tests.

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ODI Career of Babar Azam:

Babar has already achieved several milestones, having made his international debut in 2015.

In terms of numbers, Babar is following the footsteps of Kohli.

His ODI average (56.83) is second-best presently (50 or more matches) after that of Kohli (59.07).

In 80 matches, Babar has smashed 3,808 runs with 13 hundreds. And now, he is set to become the number one ODI batsman.

Virat Kohli – 857 Points / Babar Azam 853 Points / Rohit Sharma – 825 Points / Ross Taylor – 801 Points / Aaron Finch – 791 Points.

Babar Azam world no 1 batsman:

Babar assured to overhaul Virat Kohli as World No 1 ODI batsman.


He swiftly clinches the victory against South Africa.
ICC ODI Rankings – Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli:
After an incredible run in the 1st ODI and 94 in the 3rd ODI. Both facing South Africa in Centurion, Pakistan captain Babar Azam guaranteed overhauling Virat Kohli as World’s No. 1 ODI Batsman in the ICC ODI Rankings. Babar Azam was the second-highest scorer in the series with 228 runs, only behind Fakhar Zaman’s 302.

In the freshest ICC ODI Rankings, Virat Kohli is still Number 1 with 857 Points. And Babar Azam of Pakistan is No 2 with 852 points. After Wednesday’s 94-run knock it will be mere conventionality before the Pakistan skipper becomes the best ODI batsman in the world.

Babar Azam holding the winning Trophy for PakvsSA
As Pakistan overcame the series decider. Babar Azam will overhaul the Indian captain when the rankings get published next.

Babar Azam who is just 5 points away from Kohli will surpass the Indian batting giant. After his knock on the 3rd ODI.

Record:

As for the record books, Azam surpassed Kohli, Quinton de Kock, and Hashim Amla. To become the fastest batsman to score 13 ODI centuries. It took him only 76 innings to get there while Amla managed it in 83 innings. Kohli and de Kock in 86.


Babar Azam, meanwhile, has been in excellent form in the ODI format. He has scored four centuries in his last 10 ODIs.Taking his tally of hundreds to 13. Last week, he made short work of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Anrich Nortje, reaching his 100 in 102 balls. He is expected to become the World No 1 Batsmen in the upcoming games.

The captain took to Twitter to express his joy at the series win. Hallowing his victory to Pakistan, and noted just how superbly teammate Fakhar Zaman played throughout the series.

At the moment, Kohli leads the ICC ODI Batting Rankings with 857 points. His counterpart Babar follows him at number two (852). Notably, India aren’t scheduled to play ODI cricket in the upcoming months. This could allow Babar to retain the top spot for long.

Innings:

3rd ODI: Babar made an impact with his defiant 94. Babar played a solid knock in the third ODI after openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman shared a century-stand. Although Babar missed out on a 14th ODI ton, his 94-run innings certainly made an impact.

His defiant knock was laced with 7 fours and 3 sixes. In the first ODI, Babar became the fastest men’s cricketer to score 13 ODI tons. With all that we’ve accomplished from this ODI series as a national team, it is time to look forward and not forget that there’s a T20 series right around the corner!

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