The Pakistani captain Babar Azam just lately reached a landmark in his profession when he crossed Virat Kohli as the number one batsman in the ICC ODI rankings. The 26-year-old dethroned Kohli and ended his three years lengthy reign from August 2017 to April 2021.
Within the just lately concluded collection in opposition to South Africa (SA) he was the second highest scorer with a tally of 228 runs, his private highest being 103.
Prior to now, he has additionally held the numero-uno place in T20Is rankings and the fifth spot within the Check rankings.
Talking about his feat, the Lahore-born mentioned that he feels privileged and honored to surpass Kohli and be part of the ranks of Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, and Mohammad Yousuf, who had conquered the primary rank in ODIs for Pakistan.
“I really feel privileged and honoured to have joined the corporate of stalwarts like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who will at all times be the shining stars of Pakistan cricket,” Azam mentioned in an official Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) launch.
In the identical launch, Azam added that this was one other milestone in his profession and it’ll require him to work more durable and be extra constant to carry onto the spot for a protracted time period.
“That is one other milestone in my profession, which is able to now require much more exhausting work and absolute consistency with the bat to ensure that me to carry on to the rating for an prolonged time period, like Sir Vivian Richards from January 1984 to October 1988 and Virat Kohli for 1,258 days” the 26-year-old remarked.
Speaking about his ambition,the right-handed batsman informed that he desires to realize the identical feat in Exams passing the likes of Kohli, Joe Root, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson. These gamers are at present forward of him and he holds the sixth spot.
“I’ve additionally beforehand topped the T20I rankings, however the final ambition and aim is to steer the Check rankings, that are the actual testomony and reward to a batsman’s calibre, repute and expertise,” Azam added.
The Karachi-cricketer additionally asserted that it was a particular second for him as Pakistan has change into the primary Asian facet to win two ODI collection in South Africa.
“However at this stage, I’ll savour the second because it has come virtually 18 months after I used to be first appointed the white-ball captain and that too behind my performances that helped Pakistan change into the primary Asian facet to win two ODI collection in South Africa,” Azam noticed.