Virat Kohli, one of the finest batsmen of India, has lost to a Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam. The latest rankings of ICC no longer show Kohli at the top position. With 13 extra points after defeating South Africa in the ODI, Azam gained 865 points surpassing Virat Kohli in the category of ODI batsmen. The Pakistani player is the fourth cricketer from his country to reach the top position.
Kohli slipped to the second position with 857 points. Third on the list is another batsman from India, R.G. Sharma with 825 points. Fakhar Zaman is the second batsman from Pakistan in the ICC rankings with 778 points holding the 7th position.
Babar Azam came into the limelight from the Under-19 World Cup. He played his first ODI match in 2015 and scored 54 runs. Since then he has played 78 ODIs scoring a total of 3,683 runs.
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The right-handed player has put an end to the 1,258 day-supremacy of Kohli. With this, he has now joined the league of top batsmen of Pakistan like Mohammad Yousuf, Javed Miandad, and Zaheer Abbas. In the test rankings, Babar stands at 5th position whereas he is third-best in the T20Is ranking.
Virat Kohli is lagging in Men’s All-Time ODI rankings but he is the only one in this category under the top 10. The Indian Captain is in 6th position with a total of 911 ratings. West Indies player Viv Richards top the table with 931 ratings.
Talking about other Indian cricketers in ICC rankings, Jasprit Bumrah stands at the 4th position with 690 points in ODI bowling rankings. New Zealand’s Tent Boult tops the list with 737 points. No other Indian player is in this category other than Bumrah.
Other players also failed to take a position in the other category of ICC ODI rankings. After Kohli, Sharma, and Bumrah, former cricketer Kapil Dev is still the All-time All-rounder at the top position. Many more are on the list but these were the top players.