Only South Africa in 2012 have previously achieved the feat, according to the International Cricket Council
Mohammed Siraj’s rampage that dismissed Sri Lanka for 50 in Colombo has helped him top the charts of the Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings. The Asia Cup-winning spell of 6-21 has returned him to the No.1 position, a place he last occupied in March 2023, before being displaced by Josh Hazlewood.
Days after Pakistan had toppled them from the No. 1 place in the Men’s ODI Team Rankings, Australia reclaimed their spot with a win in the second ODI against South Africa.
“Whenever you achieve the No.1 spot, it gives you a lot of joy,” Babar said after the final ODI
Pakistan moved to the number 1 spot in the ODI rankings after a commanding 59-run victory in the final ODI against Afghanistan saw them sweep the three-match series clean in Colombo on Saturday.
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.
Babar Azam scored a superb century Friday to help lift Pakistan to the top of the one-day international rankings for the first time in history after a thumping 102-run victory in the fourth match against New Zealand in Karachi.
Australian white ball cricket looked to be at a crossroads only a few months ago, with Aaron Finch stepping down from the one-day captaincy and the Twenty20 team failing to reach the World Cup semi-finals on home soil
Pakistan now boast the two highest-rated ODI batters in the world for the first time after in-form opener Imam-ul-Haq went past India veteran Virat Kohli, to join team-mate Babar Azam at the top of the ICC MRF Tyres Men's One Day Batter rankings.