abar is set to dethrone Indian captain Virat Kohli at the top in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen.
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.
After scoring 103 in the first ODI against South Africa, the 26-year-old 31 in the second ODI but came back strong in the third and missed out on yet another century by just six runs. He formed an important partnership with Zaman which helped Pakistan score a fighting total of 320/7 in 50 overs for the hosts in the final ODI. Zaman (101) put up a 112-run opening partnership with Imam-ul-Haq (57) after which he put on 94 for the second wicket with Babar.
In the current ICC ODI Rankings, Virat Kohli sits at the top with 857 points, closely followed by Babar Azam who has 852 points.