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Achievement Unlocked! Hasan Ali becomes number one ODI bowler.

Pakistan right-arm pacer Hasan Ali jumped six places to become the number one bowler in International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings. The 23-year-old, the highest wicket-taker in the 2017 Champions Trophy, has 743 points as compared to South African spinner Imran Tahir, who has 726.

Hasan Ali celebrating after taking a wicket.

He recently starred with a five-for against Sri Lanka to help Pakistan gain an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Australian right-arm pacer Josh Hazlewood, South African fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada and Australia left-arm quickie Mitchell Starc occupy the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez is back as the top all-rounder, edging Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Hafeez, who first attained top ranking in January 2013, has reached the top spot for the ninth time.

Also Read: ICC reports Pakistani spinner Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action.

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has once again grabbed the top position in the ICC ODI Player Rankings. An astonishing knock of 176 by de Villiers in the second ODI against Bangladesh in Paarl, which consisted of 15 fours and seven sixes and came off only 104 balls, has also helped South Africa edge India at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the three-match series.

De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained top position on 30 May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days while Richards was number one for 2,306 days.

Other batsmen to move up include Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up two places to a career-best 4th position), the South African pair of Quinton de Kock (up three places to 5th) and Hashim Amla (up two places to 9th), and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (up five places to 18th).

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