ICC unveils latest ODI rankings: Pakistani batsmen, bowlers achieve career best rankings
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has vaulted into the top-20 for the first time in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, released on Sunday following the conclusion of the West Indies-Bangladesh series, and also incorporates player performances from the Zimbabwe-Pakistan series.
Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and has gained a total of 22 places to move into 16th position. Fakhar is now the second Pakistan batsman to feature in the top-20 after Babar Zaman reclaimed the second spot after finishing the series with 184 runs. Babar now leads England’s Joe Root by seven points, while the list is headed by India’s Virat Kohli. Fakhar’s opening partner Imam-ul-Haq has also made a massive impact in the latest player rankings.Imam had gained 70 places after the first three ODIs, and moved up another 51 spots to finish the Zimbabwe tour in the 43rd position.
In the five ODIs, the 22-year-old has gained 121 positions, thanks to his series aggregate of 395 runs that also included three centuries. In the bowling table, Pakistan wrist-spinner Shadab Khan and fast bowler Faheem Ashraf have made upward movements.
Shadab has finished in 31st position (he started the series in 53rd position) and Faheem has ended up in 79th position (he started the series ranked 149th). Meanwhile, Bang ladesh’s old war horses, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmu dullah and Mashrafe Mortaza, have been rewarded for steering their side to a 2-1 series victory over the West Indies.—APP