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Babar Azam rockets to his career best ODI rankings

Pakistan rising star Babar Azam leap frogged to number 15th at the International Cricket Council One Day International rankings after his spectacular stints in the three match West Indies series.

The Men in Green squared off the Caribbean side for three-match ODI series in United Arab Emirates. They carried their T20 momentum and claimed another whitewash with the help of Babar’s heroics.

The 21 year old post spectacular knocks of 120, 123 and 117 in the three ODIs and helped Pakistan clean sweep their rivals again. He became only the eighth player in cricket history to smash three consecutive ODI centuries and only the second after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to hammer centuries in all three ODIs of the series.

His spectacular display of cricket saw him climb 57 places up at the ODI rankings. He cracked the Top 20 for the first time and reached his career his spot of 15 in the ODI table.

Australia suffered a brutal 5-0 whitewash for the first time in a bilateral series against South Africa which saw them losing a lot of ODI points. However, the Australian opener David Warner jumped to the third position after showing exceptional skills throughout the series.

Warner accumulated a total of 386 runs during the five-match ODI series in South Africa. As a result he cracked into the Top 10 and reached his career best ranking of number three.

The Proteas outstanding ODI performances helped them leap frogged New Zealand and India to number two. They are now just two points behind the World Champions Australia which saw losing several points from the ICC table.

South Africa started the campaign at 110 points but after clinching it, they gained six points. The Aussies on the other hand lost 6 points and are now standing at the top with 118 points.

De Kock has rocketed five places up to number four at the ICC ODI batsman rankings table. He posted an aggregate total of 300 runs from the series including a marvellous knock of 178 off 113 balls which was the second highest individual score by a South African.

Quinton’s fellow left-handed compatriot RileeRossouw also gained a lot from the series. He accumulated 311 runs in the five-match series which saw him moving up 30 places to his career-best rank of 32nd.

In the ICC ODI bowling rankings, New Zealand’s Trent Boult climbed to the top after Sunil Narine managed only three scalps from the Pakistan series in United Arab Emirates.



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