Pakistan’s cricket team rise to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings has been hailed as a testament to the team’s hard work and discipline by skipper Babar Azam. The recent 3-0 series sweep against Afghanistan propelled Pakistan to the coveted No.1 position, edging ahead of Australia with an impressive 2725 points and 118 rating points.
The journey to the pinnacle was marked by significant achievements in the series against Afghanistan. In the first ODI, Pakistan secured a commanding 142-run victory, fueled by a remarkable bowling performance. The second match, a thrilling nail-biter, saw Pakistan clinch a dramatic one-wicket win in the final over. In the third encounter, the team showcased their batting prowess on a challenging pitch, setting a formidable total and securing a 59-run win through consistent strikes by their bowlers.
Speaking to PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) after the conclusion of the series, Babar Azam expressed his pride in achieving the No.1 spot in the ODI team rankings. He attributed the accomplishment to the collective efforts of the entire team and described it as a reward for their dedication and performances.
“Attaining the No.1 spot is an immensely satisfying achievement. It underscores the hard work of the entire team. While we’ve been in this position before, we are back here now, thanks to our perseverance and divine blessings. Our journey to the top has been fueled by our commitment and consistent performances,” Babar Azam stated.
Reflecting on the series against Afghanistan, the Pakistan skipper highlighted the competitiveness of the matches and the valuable momentum gained from the victories. He also noted the challenge posed by Afghanistan’s formidable spinners, who are considered among the best in the world.
“This series victory is a significant milestone for us, and it was far from an easy feat. Afghanistan is a formidable side, with exceptional spinners. The series triumph has provided us with a boost in momentum, instilling us with greater confidence as we look ahead to the Asia Cup,” Babar Azam shared.