Imam-ul-Haq surpasses Virat Kohli in the ICC ODIs Rankings, while Babar Azam retains the top spot. After his performance against the West Indies, Imam-ul-Haq climbed to No. 2 in the ICC ODI batter rankings.
Imam-ul-Haq of Pakistan has surpassed Virat Kohli to take second place in the ICC One Day International Batting Rankings. Previously, the southpaw was ranked third, just behind his captain Babar Azam and former India captain Virat Kohli. A brilliant performance in the home series has moved him four points clear of Kohli at the top of the rankings, a career high for him. Imam led Pakistan to a 3-0 victory over the West Indies in the recent ODI series at home, smashing three half-centuries.
His performance rewarded with the Player of the Series award and a move up the latest rankings. Which were release on Wednesday. The 26-year-old jumped 20 rating points ahead of Kohli and now has a career-high mark of 815 rating points.
That is, of course, still far short of Babar’s record of 892. The Pakistan captain maintaining his commanding lead at the top of the ODI batter rankings. Following his 17th ODI century in the first match against the West Indies.
ICC ODIs Rankings: Kohli, who was second only to Babar in the rankings, is now third with 811 points, just ahead of India’s current ODI captain, Rohit Sharma.
Other minor changes in the top 10 include Aaron Finch moving up to ninth place. While Australia teammate David Warner dropped to tenth. England’s Jonny Bairstow dropping two spots to eighth, and South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen moving up to seventh.
Moreover, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi jumped two places to fourth after a strong series against the West Indies. Trent Boult of New Zealand continues to lead the bowler rankings. Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood and Kiwi teammate Matt Henry are closing in after moving up one spot to second and third, respectively.
Chris Woakes of England fell four places to sixth, tied with Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan, who rose two places.
Zeeshan Maqsood of Oman is the biggest mover in the all-rounder rankings. Jumping 13 places to 10th after a string of outstanding performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 action.
The 34-year-old experienced batsman scored an unbeaten century against Nepal. Earlier this month and then followed that up with a four-wicket haul with the ball in Oman’s match against the United States.