Shubman Gill Within Touching Distance To Babar Azam's Top Spot In ICC ODI Batting Rankings
Currently, Babar Azam is the world's best ODI batting player. Shabman Gill poses the greatest threat to Babar's position as the world's top performer.
While the ODI World Cup 2023 is going on, Babar Azam will be the best batsman in the world. But he will be careful of India's rising star Shubman Gill, who is very close.
Gill only needed 30 runs or more to knock Babar off the top spot. But after hitting fifty and hundred in the first two ODIs against Australia, he was rested for the third one, so he missed the chance to beat Babar.
There were two ODIs between Australia and Shubman. He made 178 runs. In the first ODI, he scored 74 runs quickly. In the second match, he made 104 runs. Gill would want to be number one in the World Cup. Gill has reached a new high point in the hitters rankings thanks to his recent strong play.
As of now, Gill has 847 rating points, 10 points more than Babar (857), and the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup starts on October 5. After Pakistan was knocked out of the Asia Cup 2023, Babar didn't play in any more cricket tournaments.
That gives Shubman the upper hand and the chance to get rid of Babar. In the three ODIs against Australia, he had to score 200 runs or more. In the end, he scored 178 runs in two ODIs, but the third game was his off day.
There will be a close race between Babar and Shubman for the whole six weeks of the World Cup. There is a big gap between these two and the other hitters on the list. Rassie van der Dussen from South Africa is in third place with 743 scores.
With 728 points, Imam'ul-Haq of Pakistan is in fifth place, and Harry Tector is in fourth place with 729 points.
When Shubman hit a hundred in the third ODI, he said he was happy with his effort and wanted to carry that form into the World Cup. He also said that the six he got off of Cameron Green was the best shot he had all game.
"KL and Surya played so well that they kept the rhythm going." It was going to be hard to get a score of 400 on any field, and the bowlers did their job. He said after the game, "I think the six against Green down the ground was really special for me."