The Pakistan captain Babar Azam has managed to end the Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s long dominance at the top of the ICC ODI rankings over the last few years. In the process of becoming the No.1 batsman, Babar Azam became the fourth Pakistan batsman to achieve the feat. He scored 239 in 3 games against South Africa which helped him to get to the top of the rankings.
Over the years, there have been only a few batsmen that have dominated the no.1 position in the ODI rankings and they have gone on to be legends of the game. They have taken the onus on themselves to perform consistently and provide the perfect platform for their team to push for the win. Here are the top 5 batsmen who dominated the no.1 position in ODI rankings for most days.
Top 5 Batsmen Who Dominated No. 1 Position In ODI Rankings For Most Days:
5. Brian Lara:
The West Indies legend Brian Lara is one of the best batsmen the world has ever seen and he still holds the record for the highest individual score in test cricket with the 400 not out he scored against England. He had a prolific ODI career too, scoring 10405 runs in 299 games at an average of 40.5 and is pipped as one of the best
Despite facing tough competition from the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Saeed Anwar, and Sanath Jayasuriya, Brian Lara managed to hold the number one position in ODI rankings for 1049 days from 9 March 1996 to 21 January 1999. He is fifth on the list of the top five batsmen who dominated the no.1 position.