Pakistan's stranglehold at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men's ODI Batter Rankings is under threat after a large group of India players made ground on the latest update following their unbeaten start to the Asia Cup.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said that he learned a lot from former India captain Virat Kohli as the two prepare to take the field in a mouth-watering Asia Cup clash in Pallekele today.
"India-Pakistan will always bring high intensity. We want to give 100% in every match, hope to do that there as well."
World number one batter Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed scored punishing hundreds as Pakistan annihilated Nepal by 238 runs in the opening game of the Asia Cup in Multan on Wednesday.
World number one batter Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed scored punishing hundreds as Pakistan reached 342-6 against Nepal in the opening game of the Asia Cup in Multan on Wednesday.
From the remaining five players from respective participants, one more pacer made the cut: pacer Jasprit Bumrah of India. Here is the full list of players to watch:
“Whenever you achieve the No.1 spot, it gives you a lot of joy,” Babar said after the final ODI
That would prove a huge boost for Pakistan on the eve of this year's 50-over showcase, with Babar's side among the favourites to claim a second World Cup title in India this year.