Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who recently dethroned Indian skipper Virat Kohli from the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings, no wants to get on the top spot of the Test rankings as he feels that is the true testament of a batsman’s caliber.
“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 said.
By attaining the first rank in the ODI rankings, the right-hand batsman became the fourth batsman from Pakistan to do so and has joined an elite group of batsmen from his country.
“I feel privileged and honored 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,” the Pakistan skipper said.
Another milestone that the Pakistani cricketer is eyeing is to hold on to that spot like Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli.
“This is another milestone in my career, which will now require even more hard work and absolute consistency with the bat in order 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,” the 26-year-old said in an official PCB release.
(With ANI inputs)