Shubman Gill Replaces Babar Azam as ICC's No. 1 Ranked ODI Batsman

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Monday 11th December 2023
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  • Shubman Gill Replaces Babar Azam as ICC's No. 1 Ranked ODI Batsman

    Shubman Gill has dethroned Pakistan's Babar Azam as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) No. 1 ranked ODI batsman. Gill, who has been in stellar form this year, has accumulated 830 rating points, two ahead of Azam.

    The 23-year-old Gill is the fourth Indian batsman to reach the top spot, following Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli. His impressive performances in ODIs, where he has amassed 1449 runs at an average of 63 in 26 matches, have propelled him to the top of the rankings.

    Azam, who had held the top spot for over two years, has slipped to the second position with 824 rating points. Despite his recent fifties in the ongoing World Cup, Azam's overall performance has been overshadowed by Gill's consistent brilliance.

    In the bowling ranks, India's Mohammad Siraj has overtaken Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi to claim the top spot. Afridi's poor performance in the World Cup's last match resulted in a drop to fifth place, while Siraj's consistent wicket-taking abilities have earned him the No. 1 ranking.

    South Africa's Keshav Maharaj occupies the second position in the bowling rankings, followed by Australia's Adam Zampa and India's Kuldeep Yadav in third and fourth place, respectively.

    These rankings updates reflect the dynamic nature of international cricket and highlight the exceptional performances of Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj. As the World Cup progresses, it will be interesting to see if Gill and Siraj can maintain their top positions and if other players can challenge their dominance.

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