No 1 – ODI Ranking with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup looming just weeks away, Pakistan finds itself on the brink of a significant boost. Riding the wave of Babar Azam’s impressive leadership, the team is tantalizingly close to securing the coveted No.1 ODI Ranking.
In a thrilling showdown against Afghanistan in Hambantota, Pakistan sealed a nail-biting one-wicket victory, simultaneously securing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. This triumphant performance propelled Pakistan’s ODI team rating to a position No 1 – ODI Ranking within striking distance of Australia, the current top-ranked team.
The prospect of Pakistan ascending to the pinnacle of one-day cricket could materialize as early as Saturday, hinging on their performance in the third and final match against Afghanistan. The implications are monumental, not only for the team’s morale but also for their World Cup aspirations. As they gear up for the 50-over World Cup in India this year, Babar Azam’s contingent is positioned as one of the favorites to clinch their second World Cup title.
Recalling their sole World Cup victory in 1992 in Australia, Pakistan is poised to enter this year’s tournament with a potentially unmatched distinction—the No.1 ODI team ranking. The journey to this point has seen them flourish in 10 ODI encounters this year, suffering only three losses, all at the hands of New Zealand. The ongoing series against Afghanistan has showcased their prowess with both bat and ball, edging them tantalizingly close to dethroning Australia from the top spot.
Furthermore, Pakistan boasts a constellation of highly ranked ODI players, adding to their formidable prowess. Babar Azam leads the charge in the MRF Tyres ODI Batter rankings, exemplifying his exceptional batting finesse. Alongside him, teammates Imam-ul-Haq (third) and Fakhar Zaman (fifth) shine, underscoring the team’s depth and potential for dominance.
As Pakistan stands on the verge of potentially claiming the summit of ODI rankings, the cricketing world awaits the outcome of their clash with bated breath—a pivotal moment that could set the stage for their World Cup campaign and solidify their status as a cricketing force to be reckoned with.