Shubman Gill, who unfortunately missed India’s first World Cup match against Australia due to dengue fever, has a shot at becoming the No.1 ranked ODI batter.
In the most recent ICC rankings update, Gill is in the second position with 839 points, just 18 points behind Babar Azam, who currently leads with 857 points.
Babar Azam has been going through a rough patch with his recent batting performances. He scored only 10 runs against Sri Lanka and had a previous failure, managing just 5 runs against the Netherlands in the 2023 World Cup. This is likely to result in a significant drop in his rating points.
While Gill might also lose some points for missing the World Cup opener, the expected decline in Babar’s rating points might surpass Gill’s, giving the Indian batsman a chance to claim the top spot.
The next rankings update is set for tomorrow (Wednesday). But Shubman Gill missed the match against Afghanistan and he might miss the clash against Pakistan on Saturday as well.
Babar Azam’s recent performances suggest a dip in form, as he has only scored 71 runs in his last five ODI innings after a notable 151-run innings against Nepal.