Pakistan bowlers Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Nauman Ali, have accomplished their career-best rankings following stellar performances in the ICC Test bowling rankings. The three bowlers delivered impactful performances in their Test series victory against Zimbabwe and all three bagged a fifer in the second match in Harare.
Fast bowler Hasan Ali moved six places up to the 14th spot after snaring figures of 13-4-27-5 in the first innings. His new-ball partner and left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi’s spell of 20-5-52-5 helped him gain nine places to the 22nd position. On the other hand, Nauman Ali’s 21-3-86-5 prompted him to surge to 46th from the 54th slot to complete a demolishing performance. Hasan Ali earned the man of the series award for his 14 wickets in two fixtures at 8.92 with two fifers.
It was the first time that three players snapped five-wicket hauls for Pakistan in a Test and also only the sixth occasion of three players from the same side to pick fifers in a Test. Pakistan won both the Tests by an innings, one by 116 runs and the second by 147 runs.
Abid Ali and Azhar Ali move up the rankings amongst Pakistan batsmen:
Abid Ali’s maiden double-century in Test cricket in the second Test against Zimbabwe helped him to attain 38 spots to 40th, while Azhar Ali jumped to the 16th slot after striking 126. Nauman Ali, who hammered a 103-ball 97, also moved up in the rankings to 116th, gaining 35 places.
Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe’s best batsman in the match, surged 16 places up to the 81st position, having scored 33 and 80. Paceman Blessing Muzarbani’s figures of 29-6-82-3 in the first innings of the second Test catapulted him to the 51st slot.