Babar Azam Inches Closer to Kohli in Latest ICC Test Rankings

Pakistani run-machine, Babar Azam has earned big points in the ICC Test rankings following another unbeaten hundred in the second Test at Karachi.

The top-order batsman has moved to career-best number 6 in the rankings, becoming the only batsman to be ranked in single-digits across formats. Virat Kohli is also in the top 10 in all formats but not in single digits.


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

The 25-year-old made 60 in the first innings and increased his hundreds tally to 4 in the second innings in a historic win over Sri Lanka.

Here are the top 10 in ICC Test rankings:

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
Babar Azam 767
7 Ajinkya Rahane 759
8 David Warner 755
9 Joe Root 752
10 Ross Taylor 714

Ross Taylor has also entered the top 10, removing Sri Lankan captain, Dimuth Karunaratne from the list following his average outing against Pakistan.

The next-best Pakistani batsman, Asad Shafiq, is at 20th place whereas Azhar Ali’s rank has improved to 26th. Shan Masood’s numbers have improved as well, taking him to 41st place and Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was sacked from captaincy is listed on the 45th rank. He was previously Pakistan’s 4th best-ranked batsmen in test matches.


Naseem Shah Overtakes Amir as the Youngest Fast Bowler to Take a Five-For

Abid Ali, who has only played two Tests is only one spot behind Haris Sohail’s 61st ranking.

In the bowlers’ rankings, Naseem Shah has entered the top 100; he’s currently at 79th, Shaheen Afridi has jumped to 39th while Mohammad Abbas now sits at 15th place, up from 19th. Yasir Shah is on the 22nd place on the list.

What are your thoughts on the rankings? Let us know in the comments section.

  • Babar azam no where near to run machine of world cricket king kohli… Babar seems to b the student of virat kohli coaching institute..but can compare kedar jadhav and babar?

  • Good joke by author. He is way behind kohli. He is at no. 6 n will remain at no. 6-10 as i see his capabilities. Kohli is match winner and baber not. Why always to compare him with kohli. Let him be baber n progress.

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