Notable improvement for Pakistani players in ICC Test Rankings
Karachi: Pakistani players have achieved significant gains in the recently updated ICC Test Player Rankings after the conclusion of the Test series against Zimbabwe.
Bowlers Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali and Shaheen Afridi have all achieved career-best positions in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after becoming the first trio from their country to grab five-wicket hauls in the same match.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali (5-27 in the first innings), left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (5-52 in the second innings) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (5-86 in the second innings) played important roles as Pakistan won the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare by an innings and 147 runs to complete a 2-0 series win.
Hasan has moved up six places to 14th position, Shaheen is up nine places to 22nd and Nauman has gone from 54th to 46th position after registering only the sixth instance of three bowlers from one side finishing with five-wicket hauls in the same Test.
Meanwhile, opener Abid Ali’s player of the match performance of 215 not out has helped him advance 38 places to 40th among batsmen while Azhar Ali has gained four slots to reach 16th position after scoring 126.
Nauman has also gained in this list, his quick 97 lifting him 35 places to 116th spot. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam dropped down to the 10th spot after he scored only two runs in second Zimbabwe Test.
For Zimbabwe, Regis Chakabva has gained 16 slots to reach 81st place after scores of 33 and 80 while Luke Jongwe has entered the rankings in 133rd position. Fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani’s haul of three for 82 sees him advance four places to 51st. Tendai Chisoro is up 11 slots to 110th position.