Ben ArmfieldSeptember 1, 20234min0

Pakistan’s Rise to ICC ODI Rank 1: A Remarkable Journey

Journey Pakistan Cricket Team to ICC Rank 1 in ODIs _ 4 Sep

Pakistan’s cricket journey has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride, gaining the spotlight with their outstanding performance in the Asia Cup and T20 Cricket World Cup last year. The team displayed remarkable prowess by reaching the finals of both tournaments, setting the stage for a promising future.

However, the true pinnacle of their success was achieved recently with a resounding 3-0 series victory over Afghanistan, propelling them to the coveted number 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. Led by the exceptional Babar Azam, the team’s prowess in the 50-over format has been truly exceptional.

This triumphant journey was far from easy, marked by a series of highs and lows. Securing the top ranking just before the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup is a monumental boost for the squad. Here’s a rundown of five standout victories that paved Pakistan’s path to the summit:

1) Pakistan Triumphs Over South Africa (April 2021, Johannesburg)

A memorable victory was etched when Pakistan overcame South Africa in April 2021 at SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium. The match showcased an exhilarating high-scoring contest. Fakhar Zaman set the tone with a splendid 101 off 104 balls, while Captain Babar Azam’s impressive 94 off 82 balls added to the team’s total. Imam-ul-Haq contributed with a solid 57 off 73 balls, while Hasan Ali’s quickfire 32 off 11 balls provided valuable momentum. The bowling duo of Muhammad Nawaz and Shaheen Afridi each secured three wickets, sealing a memorable win.

2) Pakistan’s Stunning Victory Against Australia (March 2022, Lahore)

Pakistan orchestrated a sensational six-wicket triumph over Australia in the second ODI in Lahore, marking Australia’s return after 24 years. The spotlight was on the second ODI as Pakistan aimed to level the series after the visitors won the opening match. Shaheen Afridi’s impressive 4-wicket haul in the bowling department set the tone. Captain Babar Azam’s masterful 114 off 83 balls and Imam-ul-Haq’s composed 104 off 97 balls were pivotal in securing the victory.

3) Dominating West Indies on Home Turf (June 2022, Multan)

Pakistan’s stronghold on their home ground was on full display in the 3rd ODI against West Indies in Multan. West Indies’ Shai Hope showcased his prowess with a resilient 127 off 134 balls. However, Pakistan’s Haris Rauf shone with a crucial 4-wicket haul in the bowling department. Captain Babar Azam’s authoritative 103 off 107 balls and Imam-ul-Haq’s valuable 65 off 71 balls ensured a commanding victory.

4) Overcoming the Netherlands Challenge (August 2022, Rotterdam)

In a gripping encounter in Rotterdam, Pakistan emerged victorious over the Netherlands by 16 runs in the first ODI of a three-match series. Centuries by Fakhar Zaman (109 off 102 balls) and Babar Azam (74 off 80 balls) propelled Pakistan to a challenging total of 314-6. The Netherlands’ pursuit fell short as Pakistani bowler Mohammad Haris took 3 for 41, limiting them to 298 all out.

5) Thrilling Victory Against Afghanistan (August 2023, Hambantota)

A nail-biting showdown in 2023 against Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI cemented Pakistan’s spot at the number 1 rank. Naseem Shah’s heroic performance in the dying moments secured the chase, with Imam-ul-Haq’s composed 91 off 105 balls and Babar Azam’s determined 53 off 66 balls contributing to the victory. A dramatic last-ball four by Naseem Shah altered the team’s destiny and sealed their rank at the summit.

Pakistan’s journey to ICC ODI Rank 1 is a testament to their determination, skill, and teamwork, solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with on the international cricket stage.

Ben Armfield

My name is Ben Armfield and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I have been covering international cricket tournaments as a sports journalist since 2016. I am writing all the international cricket news for Cricnews and know all there is about national teams, players and auctions. I have been following the Big Bash League since I was a child and have been a huge fan of the Melbourne Stars ever since.

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