New Delhi: After an unchallenged spell lasting 1258 days, India captain Virat Kohli's has been dethroned from the top of the ICC rankings for batsmen on Wednesday . His Pakistan counterpart Babar Azam, who became only the fourth from his country to attain the position.
The 26-year-old right-hander's player of the match effort of an 82-ball 94 in the last game of the series against South Africa in Centurion helped him gain 13 rating points to reach 865 points. He stands ahead of the Indian captain by eight points, as per an ICC statement.
Babar, a star of the Under-19 World Cups in 2010 and 2012 and who has been playing ODIs since 2015, had started the series against South Africa at 837 rating points but moved up to 858 (ahead of Kohli) after his score of 103 in the first match.
He dropped to 852 by the time of the last weekly rankings update with a score of 32 in the second ODI.
Kohli's deputy, Rohit Sharma has maintained his third spot with 825 points ahead of New Zealand's Ross Taylor. No other Indian features in the latest top 10 batting chart.
(With inputs from PTI)