ICC Latest Ranking: Babar Azam Remains On Top, Shubman Gill And Ishan Kishan Rise

The ongoing Asia Cup 2023 has witnessed some remarkable performances by Indian batters Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan, which have translated into significant gains in the latest ICC ODI Rankings for men’s batters. Despite their impressive displays, Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, maintains his top position in the rankings.

Ishan Kishan’s star continues to rise as he displayed incredible composure under pressure against Pakistan. Batting at No. 5, he played in sensational innings 82, steering India to a competitive total. This performance propelled Kishan 12 in the ICC ODI Rankings, securing him 24th among batters. His adaptability to a new batting position in ODI cricket showcased his versatility and promise.

Although Shubman Gill missed out against Pakistan, he bounced back strongly against Nepal, remaining unbeaten on 67* as India secured a 10-wicket victory. Gill’s consistent run-scoring has solidified his position in the rankings, maintaining his hold on the third spot. Furthermore, he achieved a career-best rating of 750 points, highlighting his growing stature in international cricket.

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s dynamic captain, showcased his prowess with a stunning 151-run innings against Nepal. This standout performance has reinforced his position at the summit of the ICC ODI Rankings for batters with an impressive 882 rating points. Azam’s consistency and class make him a formidable force in ODI cricket.

Indian cricketing legends Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have had contrasting fortunes in the ongoing Asia Cup. Kohli, who has played just one innings, scoring four runs, currently occupies the 10th spot in the ICC ODI Rankings among batters, with 695 rating points. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma’s scintillating knock of 74* against Nepal earned him the Player of the Match award and could potentially see him climb the rankings in the Super Fours.

Hardik Pandya’s return to form was evident as he notched a superb 87 against Pakistan. This innings has propelled him to the 61st position in the ICC ODI Rankings for batters, with 509 rating points, a mere 52 points less than his career-best back in 2021. Pandya’s all-round skills and batting prowess make him a valuable asset to the Indian team.

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The latest ICC ODI Rankings reflect the dynamic nature of international cricket, with players constantly striving to improve their positions. Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan’s rise in the rankings is a testament to their talent and contributions to the Asia Cup. However, Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues to reign supreme at the top, underlining his stature as one of the world’s premier ODI batsmen.

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