DUBAI: Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman and spinner Shadab Khan achieved career-high rankings in the latest ICC one-day international rankings.
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman achieved a career-high ranking from the series in the UAE, which ended at one-all after the decider in Dubai was washed out. The left-handed opener had scores of one, 88 and 65, which have lifted him six places to 11th in the latest rankings. The 28-year-old, however, will not be part of the Test squad.
Fakhar jumped six places to number 11 in the rankings, after his theatrics with the bat in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. The 28-year-old finished the series with scores of 88 and 65.
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has warmed up for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan by achieving a career-high position in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which were released on Tuesday morning.
The 34-year-old middle-order batsman started the series in sixth position, but after scores of 80 and 86 not out, has leapfrogged Joe Root, Babar Azam and David Warner to third position. This is his career-best ranking, which has come after 207 ODIs in which he has scored 7,433 runs. The former captain had earlier reached fifth place this June.
More changes within the top 10 of batsmen following the completion of the series between Australia and South Africa and Pakistan and New Zealand included Faf du Plessis moving up three spots to No.7 and both Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock dropping two spots, but still staying in the top 10 – Williamson at No.9 and de Kock at No.10.
On the other hand, Shadab, who bagged six wickets in the series, including four for 38 in the second match, vaulted 16 places to number 24 in the bowlers’ rankings.
On to the bowlers now, and Kagiso Rabada is now in the top five, at No.4, after picking up seven wickets in the series in Australia.
Imran Tahir has dropped out of the top 10, but moving up are Shadab Khan (up 16 spots to No.24), Lockie Ferguson (up 31 spots to No.42) and Lungi Ngidi (up 19 spots to No.43)
Teenage bowling sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took nine wickets in the series and won the player of the series award, rocketed 66 places to sit just outside the top-100 on 118th position.
Fast bowler Hassan Ali, who started 2018 at the top of the bowlers rankings, continued to slide. After falling three places following his four wickets, Hasan remains Pakistan’s top-ranked bowler despite his number 13 ranking.
Among all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez, who made big gains in the Twenty20 International charts too, swapped positions with New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner, getting to No.4.