Babar Azam moves up five places in latest ICC Test rankings

Babar Azam moves up five places in latest ICC Test rankings

The 29-year-old batter now has 768 rating points.
Babar Azam moves up five places in latest ICC Test rankings

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31 Jan 2024

Pakistan’s batting sensation and former skipper, Babar Azam has moved up to the No. 5 rank in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batting rankings.

Babar was ranked 10th before, but his ranking improved significantly after Indian and Australian batters didn’t perform well in their respective games. The 29-year-old batter now has 768 rating points.

English batter Ollie Pope has earned a well-deserved boost in his career-high rating following his outstanding performance in the first Test against India, climbing an impressive 20 places to secure the 15th position.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s veteran batter Kane Williamson continues to lead the pack as the No. 1 ranked Test batter globally.

In addition, Australia’s opener Usman Khawaja has advanced two places to claim the eighth spot in the rankings after a stellar half-century in the opening innings of the second Test against the Caribbean team at the Gabba.

Unfortunately, star Indian batter Virat Kohli, who missed the first Test and will also miss the second Test against England, has dropped to the sixth position in the rankings with 767 points, just behind Babar Azam.

On the other hand, India's Ravindra Jadeja enjoys a healthy buffer at the head of the Test all-rounder rankings, but he may have a new challenger soon if England veteran Joe Root can continue his recent decent performances with the ball.

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