Pakistan has trailed India in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after completing a clean sweep over the West Indies in Multan on Sunday. Babar Azam’s squad jumped a spot to number 4 in the latest ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after winning the series over the West Indies in Multan. Team India is currently in fifth place. Before the start of the series, Pakistan was fifth in the table with a score of 102. But the 3-0 clean sweep over the Windies has lifted them to number 4 with a score of 106, leaving India behind 105.
Pakistan has enjoyed a brilliant last few years in the 50-over format. Aside from the blip against England away from home, they’ve taken on all the newcomers and triumphed, including 2-1 series wins against Zimbabwe and South Africa.
They beat Australia by the same margin when they visited Pakistan for the first time since 1998. The West Indies didn’t stand a chance against Pakistan as they went on 3-0.
Pakistan has left India in the @MRFWorldwide Men’s ICC ODI Team Ranking
— ICC (@ICC) June 13, 2022
This period of brilliance has come under the captaincy of Babar Azam, who has set a good example for Pakistan in all formats of the game. With his recent century in the first game against the West Indies, he became the first batter to score twice in a row for three ODI centuries in a row, having previously accomplished this feat also in 2016.
And with a fifty in the second ODI, he broke the world record for most consecutive 50+ scores (9) in international men’s cricket in all formats.
The top-ranked ODI batter has gradually built up a troop of trusted players. One of them is Imam-ul-Haq, who has had a purple spot lately and has seven scores of 50+ in his last seven ODIs to show for his efforts.
ICC Men’s Player of the Year Shaheen Afridi was the leader of the pack that includes Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan.
However, India will have a chance to climb the rankings as they face England and the West Indies (three ODIs each) before Pakistan plays their next ODI series in August.
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