LAHORE – Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has been replaced by India young sensation Shubman Gill asthe No.1 ODI batter in the world as the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued latest rankings on Wednesday.
Gill clinched the top to displace Babar on the back of his solid start to India's campaign at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and in the process became just the fourth player from his country behind Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to hold the No.1 ODI batter ranking.
The right-hand batsman has contributed scores of 92 against Sri Lanka and 23 against South Africa over the last week, and amassed a total of 219 runs from six innings at the tournament.
Babar has totalled 282 runs from eight knocks at the World Cup and drops six rating points below Gill into second place as his reign of more than two years as the No.1 ranked ODI batter in the world came to an end.
Virat Kohli jumps three places to fourth - and within one rating point of third-placed South African Quinton de Kock - courtesy of his 543 runs at the World Cup.
The top of the ODI bowler rankings are dominant by Indian bowlers on the back of their thrilling performance during the ongoing World Cup 2023.
On the other hand, Shah Shah Afridi lost his World No.1 ODI bowler after a week as he has been displaced by India’s Mohammed Siraj, who jumped two spots to regain his crown as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler, “while teammates Kuldeep Yadav (up three places to fourth), Jasprit Bumrah (up three spots to eighth) and Mohammed Shami (up seven places to 10th) are all nestled within the top 10,” said ICC in its blog.
South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj secured second spot while Australia counterpart Adam Zampa stands at third position.
Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.
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