Babar Azam Becomes the Only Batsman in Top 5 Across Formats

Babar Azam’s brilliant 143 against Bangladesh in the first innings of the first Test has taken him to a career-best rating of 800 points as he broke into the top 5 Test batsmen as per the latest rankings.

The star batsman jumped 2 positions after yet another hundred. The ICC Test rankings for batsmen are still dominated by the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who has 928 points followed by Steven Smith with 911 points.


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With the update, the 25-year-old has become the only batsman to be ranked in the top 5 of all the formats. He is currently the number one batsman in T20Is whereas he is ranked at 3rd in the ODI rankings.

Here are the top 5 in all formats:

Test

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Virat Kohli IND 928
2 Steve Smith 911
3 Marnus Labuschagne 827
4 Kane Williamson 814
Babar Azam 800

ODI

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Virat Kohli IND 886
2 Rohit Sharma 868
Babar Azam 829
4 Francois du Plessis 815
5 Ross Taylor 810

T20I

Pos Player Team Rating
1 Babar Azam PAK 879
2 Lokesh Rahul 823
3 Aaron Finch 810
4 Colin Munro 785
5 Dawid Malan 782

Babar’s nearest competitor is Virat Kohli, who is the top-ranked batsman in ODI and Test cricket, however, he is ranked at 9th in T20I rankings with 673 rating points.


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A 3-0 clean sweep at the hands of New Zealand, where Kohli scored below-par 51, 15 and 9, might cost him rating points in ODI rankings as well. Babar’s next challenge would be to replace him at the top of the remaining two formats as well.


Do you think Babar can replace Kohli in ODIs and Tests? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Only requested to stay away from his mischief cousins, Sure he will rule the Cricket world Insha’Allah :)

    P.S. Please stay away from Akmal’s especially the younger One :)


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