Afghanistan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has reached his career-best rankings in the Latest ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers.
Meanwhile, Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland also made significant gains following the conclusion of the Afghanistan vs Ireland One-day International series.
The Afghans won the ODI series by a 2-1 margin. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan yet again played a pivotal role for his nation. His sensational bowling spell in the final match helped Afghanistan bowl out Ireland for just 124 runs.
Afghanistan knocked off the required target in just 23.5 overs.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman made giant strides:
Rashid returned with figures of three for 18 in just eight overs. He held on to his second position in the latest rankings with 755 points. He is 28 points behind Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who is leading the chart for ODI bowlers.
Meanwhile, Mujeeb despite bagging just two wickets in three games reached a career-best position of 23. He was very economical in all the three matches of the series.
He is currently holding the 23rd position along with Liam Plunkett of England. There is no doubt about the fact that Tim Murtagh was the pick of the bowlers in the series. He bagged four-wicket hauls in the first couple of matches.
The 37-year-old moved up a couple of positions to be placed at 21st with 602 points against his name.
Meanwhile, Balbirnie scored 55, 60 and 17 in the three matches to top score with 132 runs. He rose 27 places to be placed on 72 in the Latest ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen.
For Afghanistan, it was Rahmat Shah, who scored 94 runs and finished second to Balbirnie in the list of batsman with most runs in the series. He is the ranked batsman of Afghanistan in the 50-over format.
However, Mujeeb Ur Rahman would be crucial for Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2018. He has improved a lot which saw his rise in the ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers.
Veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi completed his 100 ODI appearances during the series. He couldn’t quite score the required runs and returned with just 14 runs from two matches.
As a batsman, he slipped four places to 58. With the ball in hand, he was much better bagging a couple of wickets in each game. However, he still went down a spot to No 17.