Following their emphatic 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan jump from 9th to 8th in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for teams.
Heading into the game, the fact that the West Indies were ranked 8th and Pakistan sat 9th added greater significance in terms of the result as the two teams race to secure automatic qualification for the 2019 ICC World Cup. At the cut-off date of September 30, 2017, the top 8 ranked ODI teams will gain automatic entrey into the mega-event, with the ones ranked lower required to play an eight-team qualifying tournament.
Pakistan needed a 3-0 series win to dethrone the West Indies off that last qualifying spot, and the greens have ended up doing just what the doctor order. Babar Azam created history on Wednesday, when he smashed his 3rd successive century to jot down his name in the books as the batsmen to score the most number of runs in a three-match ODI series. The 21-year-old was understandably awarded Man of the Series, since each of his 3 tons helped Pakistan register victories by huge margins against the 2016 World T20 Champions.
Batting first in each of the three outings, the greens registered wins of 111, 59 and 136 runs respectively. The handsome margins of victories along with a flawless 3-0 scoreline ensured that the Pakistan supporters can breathe a sigh of relief, with their team now holding onto that crucial 8th spot in the rankings.