Exciting news for fans of Pakistani batsman Babar Azam
Pakistan's former captain, Babar Azam, is just two points away from reclaiming his title as the No. 1 ODI batsman in the ICC rankings. In the latest rankings released on Wednesday, Indian player Shubman Gill holds the top spot with 826 rating points, while Babar Azam remains in second place with 824 points.
Virat Kohli's efforts to regain the top position have gained momentum after his outstanding performance in the recent ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, where he scored a tournament-best 765 runs. This propelled him to third place in the latest rankings, just 35 rating points behind his teammate Shubman Gill.
India's captain, Rohit Sharma, climbed one spot to secure the fourth position with 769 rating points. South Africa opener Quinton de Kock dropped two spots to fifth, while New Zealand right-hander Daryl Mitchell rose five spots to sixth, thanks to his impressive 552 runs at the World Cup.
In the ODI bowler rankings, South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj maintains his position at the top. Australian players made significant progress after a successful World Cup campaign, with experienced seamer Josh Hazlewood rising four places to second overall.
Another Australian quick, Mitchell Starc, climbed eight spots to 12th, and skipper Pat Cummins improved seven places to 27th. India's bowling pair, Mohammed Siraj (third) and Jasprit Bumrah (fourth), remain firmly within the top 10 for ODI bowlers. Teammate Kuldeep Yadav dropped one spot to equal sixth, while Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi moved up one place to ninth in the rankings.
There isn't much change in the top 10 of the ODI rankings for all-rounders after the World Cup, with Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan maintaining a healthy lead at the top.