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Babar Azam Joins Virat Kohli in ICC’s Top 10 Batsmen in All Formats

Star batsman Babar Azam has entered into an elite club, joining Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the list of top 10 batsmen of all formats.
Following his hundred at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday, the 25-year-old has now entered into the top 10 Test batsmen on the ICC rankings list published after the completion of Pakistan-Sri Lanka and Australia-New Zealand Test matches.

Babar Azam is now in Top 10 batsmen in all three formats. Number 9 in Tests, number three in ODIs and number one in T20Is. Another step closer to converting the Fab Four Club into Fab Five.
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Babar is currently placed at 9th in Test rankings, 3rd in ODI rankings and 1st in the T20I rankings. The only other player in all three lists is Virat Kohli who is ruling both the Tests and ODIs lists.

Top 10 Test Batsmen

1Virat KohliIND928
2Steve Smith911
3Kane Williamson864
4Cheteshwar Pujara791
5Marnus Labuschagne786
6Ajinkya Rahane759
7David Warner755
8Joe Root752
Babar Azam728
10Dimuth Karunaratne725

Top 10 ODI Batsmen

1Virat KohliIND895
2Rohit Sharma863
Babar Azam834
4Francois du Plessis820
5Ross Taylor817
6Kane Williamson796
7David Warner794
8Joe Root787
9Quinton de Kock781
10Jason Roy774

Top 10 T20I Batsmen

1Babar AzamPAK879
2Aaron Finch810
3Dawid Malan782
4Colin Munro780
5Glenn Maxwell766
6Lokesh Rahul734
7Evin Lewis699
9Rohit Sharma686
10 Virat Kohli685
David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson are currently included in the top 10 batsmen in two different formats.

Babar vs Kohli

Ever since Babar’s entry on the international scene, there has been a Babar vs Kohli debate which, although denounced by the former saying Kohli is a great batsman and that he needs to improve his game to be compared to him, is now relevant more than ever.

Let’s compare their rankings across formats:
FormatBabar AzamVirat Kohli

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