A number of Pakistani players have risen in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings following their team’s convincing victory over Afghanistan in the opening ODI in Hambantota.
Babar Azam’s team issued an ominous warning ahead of this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with a 142-run victory over their Asian rivals on Tuesday. Consistent opener Imam-ul-Haq and dynamic fast bowler Haris Rauf were among the game’s top performers.
India’s Shubman Gill (743 rating points) is ranked fourth, ahead of Fakhar Zaman (740), while Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan moves up three spots to 58th on the list of batsmen after scoring 21 runs against Afghanistan.
Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood still holds the top spot in the updated rankings for one-day international bowlers, with 705 rating points, clear of compatriot Mitchell Starc (686).
As a result of his three-wicket performance against Pakistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman is now the new challenger to the top two batsmen. The Afghanistan spinner has risen three spots to third overall.
Mohammad Nabi, an experienced teammate, moves up one spot to eleventh for his two wickets in the same match, while Rauf rockets up seven spots to a new career-high rating and 36th place overall after his sensational five-wicket haul for Pakistan.
Following the conclusion of UAE’s series against New Zealand and Ireland’s first two matches against India, there was also some movement within the most recent T20I rankings.
Mark Chapman was the leading run-scorer for the series with 126 runs, propelling the left-hander up eight spots to 24th overall on the list for T20I batsmen, with India’s Surya Kumar Yadav maintaining the No. 1 spot despite missing the series against Ireland.
Following his half-century in the second match against Ireland in Dublin, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s ranking jumped a staggering 143 spots to equal 87th.
Ravi Bishnoi improves 17 places to equal 65th in the T20I bowler rankings after two consecutive two-wicket hauls against the Irish, while Jasprit Bumrah rises seven places to 84th after a remarkable return from injury.