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Fakhar Zaman breaks into top 20 for the first time

Dubai : Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman has vaulted into the top-20 for the first time in his career in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings.

The rankings were released on Sunday following the conclusion of the West Indies-Bangladesh series and also incorporate player performances from the Zimbabwe-Pakistan series.

Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and has gained a total of 22 places to move into 16th position. When the player rankings were last updated on 17 July following the England versus India series, and the three ODIs between Zimbabwe and Pakistan, Fakhar was 24th but his knocks of 210 not out in the fourth ODI and 85 in the final ODI helped him to gain eight more places.

Fakhar is now the second Pakistan batsman to feature in the top-20 after Babar Zaman reclaimed the second spot after finishing the series with 184 runs. Babar now leads England’s Joe Root by seven points, while the list is headed by India’s Virat Kohli.

Fakhar’s opening partner Imam-ul-Haq has also made a massive impact in the latest player rankings.

Imam had gained 70 places after the first three ODIs, and moved up another 51 spots to finish the Zimbabwe tour in the 43rd position. In the five ODIs, the 22-year-old has gained 121 positions, thanks to his series aggregate of 395 runs that also 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).

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s old war horses, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Mortaza, have been rewarded for steering their side to a 2-1 series victory over the West Indies.

Tamim jumped two places

Tamim scored centuries in winning causes to finish with 287 runs and this is reflected in the latest player rankings in which the left-handed opener has jumped four places to a career-high 13th position. His previous best ranking was 15th.

Shakib, who finished with 190 runs in the series with two half-centuries, has jumped three places to 26th, while Mahmudullah is in the 38thposition after moving up four places.

Mashrafe not only led his side intelligently, but also excelled with the white ball when he finished as the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets. He has, therefore, earned a jump of eight places, which has put him back inside the top-20 in the 19th position.

Jasprit Bumrah of India is the No.1-ranked bowler, and is followed by Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Hasan Ali.

The West Indies may have lost the series 2-1, but there was something to smile for the home side.

In the batting table, Shai Hope is now 45th (up by five places), Shimron Hetmyer is 59th (up by 77 places) and Chris Gayle is 66th (up by 12 places).

In the bowlers’ list, Ashley Nurse is 38th (up by 25 places) and Devendra Bishoo is 92nd (up by 31 places).

The player rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of Sri Lanka and South Africa ODI series.

The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 29 July, after the conclusion of the West Indies v Bangladesh series, and first ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa):

RANK   TEAM               POINTS

  1. England 127
  2. India 121
  3. South Africa 113 (-)
  4. New Zealand 112
  5. Pakistan 104
  6. Australia 100
  7. Bangladesh 92 (-1)
  8. Sri Lanka 77 (-1)
  9. West Indies 69 (-)
  10. Afghanistan 63
  11. Zimbabwe 53
  12. Ireland 38
  13. Scotland 33
  14. UAE 18

*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing four more matches each

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 29 July, after the conclusion of the West Indies v Bangladesh series):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team    Points  Avge     Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Virat Kohli          Ind        911!     58.20   911 v Eng at Headingley 2018

2       (+1)       Babar Azam       Pak       825      54.80   846 v NZ at Wellington 2018

3       (-1)       Joe Root           Eng       818      51.61   819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018

4       ( – )       Rohit Sharma     Ind        806      44.98   825 v SL at Mohali 2017

5       ( – )       David Warner     Aus       803      43.43   880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

6       ( – )       Ross Taylor       NZ        785      46.28   789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018

7       ( – )       Quinton de Kock SA        783      45.41   808 v Ban at East London 2017

8       ( – )       Faf du Plessis    SA        782      44.68   802 v Ind at Durban 2018

9       ( – )       Kane Williamson NZ        778      46.87   798 v SA at Centurion 2015

10       ( – )       Shikhar Dhawan  Ind        770      45.72   794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

11       ( – )       Jonny Bairstow   Eng       769      50.30   777 v Aus at Durham 2018

12       ( – )       Hashim Amla     SA        746      50.23   901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

13       (+4)       Tamim Iqbal       Ban       737!     36.23   737 v Win at St Kitts 2018

14       (-1)       Martin Guptill      NZ        731      42.99   789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

15       (-1)       MS Dhoni           Ind        714      51.25   836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

16       (+8)       Fakhar Zaman    Pak       713*!    76.07   713 v Zim at Bulawayo 2018

17       (-2)       Aaron Finch       Aus       706      38.19   744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

18       (-2)       Jos Buttler         Eng       701      40.35   723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

19       (-1)       Steve Smith       Aus       675      41.84   752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

20=     (-1)       Travis Head       Aus       670*!    37.00   670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018

(-1)       Jason Roy         Eng       670      39.06   680 v Aus at Durham 2018

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team    Points  Avge     Eco.     Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Jasprit Bumrah   Ind        775*     22.50   4.64     787 v SA at Centurion 2018

2       ( – )       Rashid Khan      Afg       763*     14.40   3.96     787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018

3       ( – )       Hasan Ali           Pak       742*     20.88   5.21     766 v NZ at Wellington 2018

4       ( – )       Trent Boult         NZ        699      24.63   5.09     766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

5       ( – )       Josh Hazlewood  Aus       696      24.27   4.72     733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

6       ( – )       Kuldeep Yadav   Ind        684*     19.35   4.82     698 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

7       ( – )       Imran Tahir        SA        683      24.81   4.68     786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

8       ( – )       Adil Rashid        Eng       681!     30.80   5.52     681 v Ind at Headingley 2018

9       ( – )       Kagiso Rabada   SA        679      27.57   5.11     724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

10       ( – )       Y. Chahal          Ind        666*     23.86   4.72     668 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

11       ( – )       Chris Woakes    Eng       643      30.77   5.50     673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018

12       ( – )       Mitchell Starc     Aus       642      20.95   4.93     783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

13       ( – )       Mitchell Santner  NZ        632      33.91   4.90     663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018

14       ( – )       Moeen Ali           Eng       621      45.08   5.09     629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018

15       ( – )       Akshar Patel      Ind        615*     31.31   4.43     663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

16       ( – )       Mohammad Nabi Afg       611      31.95   4.29     653 v Zim at Harare 2017

17       (+2)       M. Rahman        Ban       609*     20.01   4.71     610 v Win at Guyana 2018

18       (-1)       Pat Cummins     Aus       607      28.45   5.38     626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

19=     (+8)       M. Mortaza         Ban       606      30.87   4.78     653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

(-1)       Matt Henry        NZ        606      24.59   5.57     675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team    Points  Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Shakib Al Hasan Ban       362      453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2       (+1)       Mohammad Nabi Afg       323      349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

3       (-1)       M. Hafeez          Pak       322      438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

4       ( – )       Mitchell Santner  NZ        317      317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018

5       ( – )       Angelo Mathews  SL        306      427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

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