The Pakistan captain Babar Azam is one step closer to becoming the top-ranked batter in all three formats after jumping Australia’s Steve Smith into the top three Test Cricket rankings.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has soared to his career-best Test ranking, he is only 11 points away to overtake Australian Batsman Marnus Labuschagne and England Batsman Joe Root and he need to score in upcoming series against England in December 2022.
This is his chance where he has advantage to play in his home ground and in good conditions and to score more centuries to become the No.1 Batsman in all formats.
Babar, who is the top-ranked batter in T20 and one-day internationals, scored 119 and 55 in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last week, which earned him enough rating points to pass Smith on 848.
The 27-year-old is now just 11 points behind Marnus Labuschagne (885) in second, with former England captain Joe Root (923) still out in front following his dominant performances against New Zealand and India during the English summer.
“As a player it’s a dream to become the No.1 in all formats and, for that, you have to focus and put in hard work,” Babar said last month during a press conference prior to the Pakistan and West Indies ODI series.
“If you are to become No.1 in all three, you have to keep yourself fit and on track. There is back-to-back cricket and the gap is less. For that, you need to be extra fit.”