Following a remarkable series performances, Fakhar Zaman has vaulted into the “Top 20” for the first time in his career in ICC ODI Players rankings.
The rankings were updated after the conclusion of West Indies and Bangladesh series, and also to incorporate the performances from Pakistan-Zimbabwe series.
Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and improved a total of 22 places since the last rankings to make it to 16th position. The left-handed opening batsman was ranked 24th prior to the Zimbabwe series but after his knock of 210* in fourth and 85 in the final ODI helped him improve the rankings massively.
Fakhar is not the only Pakistani to be featured in the top-20 as Babar Azam has also reclaimed his 2nd spot in ODI rankings with 184 runs scored in his latest series. Babar now leads Joe Root with 7 points and is behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Imam-ul-Haq, who partnered Fakhar Zaman, has also made a significant impact on the ODI rankings and has gained 70 places after his three ODIs. He has moved 51 positions and is currently ranked at 43. Overall, in his first 5 ODIs, Imam has gained 121 positions, thanks to the series aggregate of 385 runs which included three centuries.
In the bowling table, Pakistan wrist-spinner Shadab Khan and fast bowler Faheem Ashraf have made upward movements. Both bowlers collected nine wickets apiece in the series, and as such, Shadab has finished in 31st position (he started the series in 53rd position) and Faheem has ended up in 79th position (he started the series ranked 149th).
Hasan Ali maintains his 3rd spot in the bowling department and trails Afghanistan’s Rashid Ali and India’s Jasprit Bumrah, who is currently leading the charts.
The all-around department has seen only one improvement; Mohammad Hafeez has lost his 2nd spot to Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi. The former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team remains doubtful of his return and can soon fall even lower in the rankings.