Pakistan captain Babar Azam is planning to replicate Sir
Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli’s marathon runs as the world’s number one
batsman in ODIs.
The right-hander achieved the feat of becoming the number
one batsman in ICC ODI Rankings after his impressive performances in the
recently concluded three-match series against South Africa where he managed to
score 228 runs.
In a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Babar
vows to continue working hard after achieving the milestone.
“This is another milestone in my career,” he said. “It will now require even more hard work and absolute consistency for me to hold on to the ranking for an extended period of time, like Sir Vivian Richards from January 1984 to October 1988 and Virat Kohli for 1,258 days.”
ICC Rankings: Babar overtakes Kohli to become best ODI batsman
Only three Pakistan batsmen before Babar, have achieved the
feat in the history of 50-over format.
Talking about his achievement, Babar said he feels
‘privileged’ to become a part of such an elite group.
“I feel privileged and honoured to have joined the company
of stalwarts like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf, who will
always be the shining stars of Pakistan cricket,” he said.
Babar further went on to highlight his future goals by
saying: “I have also previously topped the T20I rankings, but the ultimate
ambition and goal is to lead the Test rankings, which are the real testament
and reward to a batsman’s calibre, reputation and skills.”
“I understand to achieve this objective, I will not only
have to perform consistently, but more importantly, against the top sides,” he