Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, is one of the best batsmen of all the times and his statistics are more than enough to prove this statement. In fact, he has proved his supremacy over the other batsmen by retaining the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for record 1258 days.
However as per the latest development, the skipper of Pakistan cricket team Babar Azam has acquired the number one spot because of his superb performances in the three match ODI series against South Africa. In those three ODIs, Babar Azam scored total 228 runs (103, 31 and 94) with an average of 76. After he played the brilliant knock of 94 in the last ODI which helped his team in winning the match, Babar Azam earned 13 points because of which his total points increased to 865, leaving behind the Indian skipper on the second spot with 857.
The batsman on the third spot with 825 points is also from India and he is none other than Rohit Sharma, the vice-captain of team India in the shorter format.
The former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer who has made a reputation of posting funny tweets on various matters took the opportunity of congratulating the Pakistani skipper but he also gave him some words of caution citing the love of Virat Kohli for chasing.
Wasim Jaffer shared ICC’s tweet with the caption, “Congratulations @babarazam258 , well deserved. But don’t get too comfy at the top, you know how much Virat Kohli loves chasing”.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 14, 2021
Babar Azam is presently leading his team in the four match T20I series against South Africa. In the third T20 which was played at Centurion, he played a match-winning knock of 122 runs for which he played only 59 deliveries and ensured that his team achieved the target as the hosts put up a total of 203/5 after batting first. Pakistan is leading the series by 2-1 after winning the third T20I.
On the other hand, presently Virat Kohli is leading his team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 which is sitting at the top in the points table with 2 wins in the 2 matches.
Virat Kohli needs to wait a little in order to regain his position in the ICC ODI rankings because the next ODI series that India will play is scheduled in June against Sri Lanka.