Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf’s impressive performance in the opening match of the three-match series against Afghanistan has propelled him to a career-best ranking in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings. Rauf’s remarkable figures of five for 18, which played a pivotal role in dismissing Afghanistan for a mere 59 runs, has elevated him seven places to the 36th position. This achievement surpasses his previous best of 42nd, achieved in May of the current year.
In addition to Rauf’s ascent, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has also made notable progress in the rankings. Previously holding a career-best ranking of second, Rahman has now climbed three places to secure the third position after registering figures of three for 33 in the match against Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s opener Imam-ul-Haq, who delivered an impressive performance by scoring 61 runs in the same fixture, has earned a rise of one slot to reach the third position in the batting rankings. Mohammad Rizwan, another Pakistani cricketer, has made significant strides by progressing three places to the 58th position.
Other ranking changes
Shifting focus to the T20I rankings update for this week, which takes into account performances in the United Arab Emirates versus New Zealand series and the ongoing series between Ireland and India, New Zealand’s Mark Chapman has surged ahead by eight places to secure the 24th position after accumulating 129 runs.
UAE’s Vriitya Anand has also witnessed advancement, moving up five places to reach the 56th position among batters, while Aayan Afzal Khan, a left-arm spinner from the UAE, has impressively climbed 62 places to attain the 116th position in the bowling rankings.
India’s captain Jaspreet Bumrah and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi have also reaped rewards for their performances, each bagging two wickets in their respective matches. Bumrah has advanced from the 91st to the 84th position, while Bishnoi has risen from the 82nd to the 65th position.
In summary, the latest ICC rankings updates reflect the dynamic nature of cricket, showcasing the rise of emerging talents and the continual efforts of established players to secure their positions. The rankings remain a testament to the diverse range of skills that contribute to the excitement of the sport.