Pakistan’s talented batsman Babar Azam has made his way into the top five of the latest ICC Test rankings. Azam scored a fine knock of 143 runs in the first innings of the first Test match against Bangladesh, which Pakistan won convincingly by an innings and 44 runs. The vice-captain was at his best in the first dig as he scored 18 fours and one six in his match-winning knock.
Thus, the flamboyant batsman has made a jump of two positions in the latest update of the rankings. Babar Azam is now placed at first, third and fifth place in the T20I, ODI and Test rankings respectively. Subsequently, David Warner and Cheteshwar Pujara slipped by one place each. Warner and Pujara now occupy sixth and seventh places respectively.
Babar Azam is Pakistan’s best batsman.
Meanwhile, the Indian captain Virat Kohli continues to be at the numero uno position in the ICC Test rankings with 928 rating points under his belt.
On the other hand, Asad Shafiq who scored 65 runs in the first innings has now grabbed 18th place in the rankings. Pakistan opener Shan Masood who scored a century in the first essay takes the 32nd place in the rankings ladder.
Pakistan’s pack leader Mohammad Abbas who took three wickets in the first Test is now placed at the 14th place in the rankings. The lanky fast bowler Shaheen Afridi who took four wickets in the first innings also made gains in the latest update. The left-arm pacer is now placed at the 32nd rank.
Furthermore, Naseem Shah who became the youngest bowler to take a Test match hat-trick takes the 52nd place in the rankings. Shah who has impressed with his express pace had scalped five wickets in the first Test match.
Pakistan will now play Bangladesh after two months with a solitary ODI to take place on 3rd April.
Here are the ICC Test batsmen rankings:
— ICC (@ICC) February 11, 2020