Karachi : Pakistan has reached No. 1 for the first time in the ICC daily rankings. The team achieved such success after defeating New Zealand on Friday. Not only Pakistan, but also team captain Babar Azam has occupied the No. 1 position in the one-day batting rankings.
He played a match-winning 117-ball 107-run innings in the 4th ODI played in Karachi. Babar also became the fastest batsman in the world to reach 5000 runs. Pakistan scored 334 runs in 50 overs on the strength of Babar’s 107 runs. Also captured the match for 102.
Before the series against New Zealand, Pakistan was ranked 4th. But now the team has pushed Australia down one place with 113 points and has become the No. 1 team. India is ranked third. However, Pakistan, Australia and India have the same number of points at 113. While England is at No. 4, New Zealand is at 5th, South Africa is at 6th, Bangladesh is at 7th, Sri Lanka is at 8th, West Indies is at 9th and Afghanistan is at 10th.
Babar Azam is number 1 in the batting list with 887 points. One of Pakistan’s batsmen, Fakhar Zaman, has moved up three places to No. 2, South Africa’s Rashee van der Dusen at No. 3, India’s Shubman Gill at No. 4, Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq at No. 5, David Warner at No. 6, Virat Kohli at No. 7, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock at No. 8, India’s captain Rohit Sharma at No. 9. And Steve Smith of Australia is in 10th place.