After acing the limited-overs template, Pakistan’s premier batsman Babar Azam has replicated his success in the longer format as well as he broke into the top five of the ICC Test batting rankings on Wednesday. Babar played a career-best knock of 143 against Bangladesh in the first Test in Rawalpindi to guide his team to an innings victory. Courtesy his top effort versus Bangladesh, he has moved up the ladder in the latest Test rankings by ICC. Also Read - India vs England 2021: Full Schedule of Four-Match Test Series, Squads, Timings, Dates And Venues
With his promotion, the 25-year-old Babar became the only batsman to feature in the top five batsmen list across all three formats. He holds the numero uno position in T20Is, whereas he sits at the third spot in one-day internationals. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: Chennai Super Kings to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Franchises That Could Eye Steve Smith at IPL 14 Mini-Auction
With his knock in Rawalpindi, he surpassed Australia’s, David Warner. However, the first four places remained unmoved as Virat Kohli (928), Steve Smith (911), Marnus Labuschagne (827) and Kane Williamson (814) retained their top-four spots respectively. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: Steve Smith to Sreesanth, Five Players Who Could be Sold For Big Money During IPL 14 Mini-Auction
In the top-ten, Warner and Cheteshwar Pujara slipped to sixth and seventh spot respectively after falling one spot each. Ajinkya Rahane is the third Indian batsmen to feature in the top ten list. He is at the ninth spot. England’s Joe Root and Ben Stokes are at eighth and tenth spot respectively.
These rankings are issued after the conclusion of the Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh. After losing the three-match ODI series against New Zealand 3-0, India will take on Kiwis in the two Tests starting from February 21 in Auckland.