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Babar Azam Loses Top Spot in ICC Rankings to India’s Shubman Gill

Indian opening batter Shubman Gill has claimed the top spot in the One Day International (ODI) player rankings, as per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This marks the end of a remarkable three-year reign by Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who had held the number one position with an impressive consistency.

Shubman Gill, who has been making waves in the cricketing world with his exceptional performances, has amassed an impressive 830 rating points. This gives him a slight edge over Babar Azam, who currently holds 824 rating points. Gill’s rise to the top spot is a testament to his consistent performances and his ability to deliver under pressure.

Babar Azam, on the other hand, has had an extraordinary run at the top. His exceptional performance over the years allowed him to maintain his top spot for an extended period of about three years. During this time, he achieved several remarkable milestones, including becoming the record holder for the most centuries scored for Pakistan and boasting the best batting average in the country’s history.

Despite losing the top spot, Babar Azam still has a chance to reclaim the number one position, particularly with the upcoming 2023 World Cup. Pakistan is set to compete against England, and Babar Azam has the potential to make a significant impact with his batting prowess. If Pakistan manages to qualify for the semi-finals, Babar Azam could deliver an exceptional innings for his team, which might help him regain the top spot in the rankings.

In the bowlers’ rankings, there has also been a significant shift. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi has lost the top spot, with India’s Mohammad Siraj taking over. This new ranking sees Siraj at the top, followed by Keshav Maharaj at the second position, Adam Zampa at third, and Kuldeep Yadav at fourth.

Meanwhile, in the all-rounders’ rankings, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has climbed four spots to secure the sixth position, while Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan remains at the pinnacle of the rankings.

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