Babar Azam Joins Virat Kohli in ICC’s Top 10 Batsmen in All Formats

Star batsman Babar Azam has entered into an elite club, joining Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the list of top 10 batsmen of all formats.

Following his hundred at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday, the 25-year-old has now entered into the top 10 Test batsmen on the ICC rankings list published after the completion of Pakistan-Sri Lanka and Australia-New Zealand Test matches.

Babar is currently placed at 9th in Test rankings, 3rd in ODI rankings and 1st in the T20I rankings. The only other player in all three lists is Virat Kohli who is ruling both the Tests and ODIs lists.

Top 10 Test Batsmen

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Virat Kohli IND 928
2 Steve Smith 911
3 Kane Williamson 864
4 Cheteshwar Pujara 791
5 Marnus Labuschagne 786
6 Ajinkya Rahane 759
7 David Warner 755
8 Joe Root 752
Babar Azam 728
10 Dimuth Karunaratne 725

Top 10 ODI Batsmen

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Virat Kohli IND 895
2 Rohit Sharma 863
Babar Azam 834
4 Francois du Plessis 820
5 Ross Taylor 817
6 Kane Williamson 796
7 David Warner 794
8 Joe Root 787
9 Quinton de Kock 781
10 Jason Roy 774

Top 10 T20I Batsmen

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Babar Azam PAK 879
2 Aaron Finch 810
3 Dawid Malan 782
4 Colin Munro 780
5 Glenn Maxwell 766
6 Lokesh Rahul 734
7 Evin Lewis 699
8 Hazratullah 692
9 Rohit Sharma 686
10  Virat Kohli 685

David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson are currently included in the top 10 batsmen in two different formats.

Babar vs Kohli

Ever since Babar’s entry on the international scene, there has been a Babar vs Kohli debate which, although denounced by the former saying Kohli is a great batsman and that he needs to improve his game to be compared to him, is now relevant more than ever.


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Let’s compare their rankings across formats:

Format Babar Azam Virat Kohli
Rank Rating Rank Rating
Test 9 728 1 928
ODI 3 834 1 895
T20I 1 879 10 685

What are your thoughts on Babar Azam? Let us know in the comment section.

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  • Baber is a world class batsman but he still have to achieve many milestones, and at the other side Virat Kohli is one of the best player world have ever seen, just outstanding and excellent. hope both will keep playing like that.

  • Well , indeed virat has his own class and strokes what are unique and great, although as game goes on, babar is improving and developing his style and technique , and his innate ability to learn and learn quickly , is something making him a matter of thinking, so in my opinion, as babr goes on, soon the world would say that he is the only comparable to kohli…best of luck , the babar e azam…

  • well Babar is growing, adopting and learning and Kohli is already established match winner, an extraordinary chaser. He is in his own league and it is unfair to compare him with babar, though there are signs that babar can reach there but please do not compare as yet. He idiolizes Kohli let him reach there where he can stand next to him.

  • Babar Azam is one of the most talented and brilliant players among all Pakistani cricketers.
    He is my favorite player, I like his batting style and he is team responsible.
    As, Kolhi’s performance is concerned, he is also one of the best batsmen as well as captain. Being a captain he has performed very well and with his responsibilities.

  • Let’s not put air in Babar Azam’s head yet for this sort of silly comparison, he is a hugely talented cricketer who has the capacity of becoming a batting genius for Pakistan but he is still on the learning path … Let him focus on his cricket and learn with every game he plays .. let him reach to the point where guys like Virat Kohli and Steve Smith would like to be compared with him not vice versa … Pakistani pundit already made a huge mistake to burden him with the pressures of captaincy so early in his career!


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