Babar Azam dethrones Virat Kohli to become world’s no 1 batsman

Babar Azam dethrones Virat Kohli to become world's no 1 batsman
Babar Azam topples Virat Kohli, ranked world’s No 1 batsman

Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Wednesday dethroned Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world, showed the latest ICC ODI rankings.

Azam now ranks top of ICC’s ODI batsman rankings with 865 points and Kohli is number 2 with 857 points.

With the new rankings, Babar ended Kohli’s five-year reign at the top of the ICC rankings. The Indian skipper was on top of the table since October 2017.

The Pakistan skipper propelled to the top of the table after scoring 228 runs in the recently concluded ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa.

This is the first time Azam has ranked as the number one ODI batsman in the world.

The last Pakistani to achieve the feat was former captain Mohammad Yousuf in 2003.

As per the PCB, Azam is the fourth Pakistan batsman after Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, to climb the top of the ODI batting table.