Babar’s main rivals for the top spot will square off at the Asia Cup.

When the Asia Cup begins on Wednesday, the closest challengers to Babar Azam at the top of the MRF Tyres ODI Batting Rankings will have ample opportunity to make ground on the Pakistan captain.

While Babar holds a commanding lead at the top of the weekly rankings list with 877 rating points, a pair of his Pakistan teammates and a trio of Indian rivals will be in action at the Asia Cup, hoping to cut into his massive lead.

Imam-ul-Haq (748 rating points) of Pakistan maintains third place on the ODI batter rankings, four rating points behind second-placed Rassie van der Dussen (777), while teammate Fakhar Zaman is fifth with 732 rating points.

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Shubman Gill (743 rating points) is the highest rated India batter, while more experienced compatriots Virat Kohli (705) and Rohit Sharma (693) are also among the top 11 players on the rankings.

Following the conclusion of their exciting three-game series, a handful of players from Pakistan and Afghanistan gained ground on the rankings this week, with in-form opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz the major beneficiary after scoring his fifth ODI century in Hambantota.

Gurbaz smashed a brilliant 151 at run-a-ball to jump 16 places to 30th on the list of ODI batters, with teammate and fellow opener Ibrahim Zadran now the only Afghan in front of the classy right-hander in 19th place.

Pakistan’s stars did not go unnoticed as they won a 3-0 series whitewash to reclaim the No. 1 team ranking from Australia, with star all-rounder Shadab Khan being the biggest mover.

Shadab scored 90 runs and took four wickets in the series against Afghanistan, moving him up three spots to 49th on the bowler rankings and another three spots to 11th on the all-rounder rankings as a result.

Josh Hazlewood remains at the top of the ODI bowler rankings, but up to five players in the top ten will be in action at the Asia Cup, looking to close the gap on Australia seamer and second-placed teammate Mitchell Starc.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan is the highest-ranked bowler in action at the Asia Cup, with 671 rating points and 34 points behind Hazlewood, while teammate Rashid Khan (equal fourth), India pacer Mohammed Siraj (equal fourth), Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi (ninth), and fellow tweaker Kuldeep Yadav (10th) are also inside the top 10.