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Babar Azam Reclaims No. 1 ODI Ranking, Surpassing Shubman Gill

Pakistan’s star batsman and former captain, Babar Azam, has once again ascended to the pinnacle of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. This achievement comes after Babar dethroned India’s Shubman Gill, who had been ruling the charts. As per the latest ICC rankings, Babar Azam now holds 824 points, surpassing Gill’s 810. This change in rankings occurred due to Gill’s absence from the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

Interestingly, the third and fourth spots on the list are also held by Indian batsmen, with Virat Kohli at 775 points and Rohit Sharma at 754 points. This demonstrates the strong presence of Indian batsmen in the international cricket scene.

In the T20I domain, Adil Rashid, England’s leg-spinner, has ascended two ranks to claim the top spot, pushing Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to second place. Currently, India’s Ravi Bishnoi holds the third position. Adil Rashid’s elevation to the top makes him the second English player to secure the No.1 ranking in T20I bowling, succeeding off-spinner Graeme Swann who achieved this feat more than ten years ago.

In the T20I batting landscape, Suryakumar Yadav of India has bolstered his lead by an additional 100 rating points, following a swift century in the concluding match of India’s series against South Africa. Hot on his heels are Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan in the runner-up position and Aiden Markram of South Africa in third place.

Turning to the Test rankings, Australia’s Usman Khawaja has ascended three positions to secure the fourth spot, inching closer to the top-ranked Kane Williamson. Khawaja’s compatriot, David Warner, has leapt nine places to the 27th position, while Mitchell Marsh has climbed 12 spots to share the 68th position, following commendable performances against Pakistan.

In the Test bowler’s rankings, Australia’s captain Pat Cummins is up one place to third, Nathan Lyon jumped three spots to fifth, Mitchell Starc rose two places to eighth and Josh Hazlewood has climbed two spots to 10th as India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continues to hold sway at the top.

These rankings reflect the dynamic nature of international cricket and the exceptional performances of these players in recent matches. As the cricketing world continues to evolve, fans eagerly await more thrilling performances from these top-ranked players.

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