The ICC Men’s ODI rankings are important for any batter as it tells how much he has improved in the format. The ODI format is a good way to get talented players involved in the sport. Let’s have a look at the 5 batters who were at No.1 on most consecutive days.
First on the list, Sir Viv Richards holds this record with 1748 days at the summit. His consistent performances and iconic style made him the undisputed king during his era. Indeed, his record remains unbroken, underscoring the monumental challenge of staying at the top.
The Australian cricketer made his ODI debut on April 14, 1994, against Sri Lanka. He was a reliable batter at the bottom of the middle over and helped the team many times to win after the top order collapsed. He was even nicknamed “The Finisher”. In his career, he smashed 21 sixes in 232 ODI matches. He’s second on this list being the No.1 for 1259 days.
Kohli is considered to be one of the best batters in the world. His best years in the format were in 2017 and 2018 when he mustered 6 ODI centuries in each of these years. After 2019, he had a century drought but in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh, he scored another ton. He has been on the top for straight 1258 days.
He made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval in January 30, 1884. He was one of the main contributors in the middle order in both Test and ODI formats. In Australia’s victory in 1987, he was the main architect. He played his last ODI against South Africa at Newlands in 1994.
Brian Lara, another West Indian legend, rounds out the top five with 1049 days. His flamboyant style and incredible range of shots kept him at the pinnacle of ODI batting for a considerable period.
Babar made his debut in international cricket in the 2015 ODI series against Zimbabwe. In this matter, he has left behind former Indian team captain MS Dhoni. Babar Azam achieved the number one position in ODI by defeating Virat Kohli. Babar Azam was no.1 in ODI for 951 days. stay in position 1