Fawad Alam, Shaheen Afridi attain career bests in ICC rankings

Babar’s has advanced one slot to seventh position

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Left-handed batter Fawad Alam and left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi have achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after helping Pakistan win the second Test against the West Indies in Kingston to draw their two-match ICC World Test Championship series 1-1.

Alam’s unbeaten 124 in the first innings has helped him shoot up 34 places to 21st position. Shaheen has gained 10 slots to reach eighth position after a 10-wicket match haul that helped seal a 109-run victory and won him the Player of the Match award.

Fawad, who has struck four centuries since his return to Test cricket in August last year, had a previous best of 47th position attained in May this year while Afridi’s 18th position before this Test was his highest. Shaheen, who also finished as the Player of the Series with 18 wickets, had started the series in 22nd position.

Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, the two Pakistan players ahead of Fawad in the batters’ list, have also gained. Babar’s scores of 75 and 33 have helped him advance one slot to seventh position, two below his career-best fifth position in August last year, while Rizwan is back in the top 20 with scores of 31 and 10 not out.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali is another one to gain in the latest weekly update to the men’s rankings that is carried out across formats on Wednesdays. His three-wicket haul in the second innings has helped him progress from 48th to 44thposition.

For the West Indies, all-rounder Jason Holder has advanced six places to 37th among batters with scores of 26 and 47. Fast bowler Jayden Seales, the most successful after Shaheen with 11 wickets in the series, has moved up four slots to 54th after his three first innings wickets.

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Here is the list of top 10 batsmen in the ICC Test Rankings

S.No Player Name Country Rating
1 Kane Williamson New Zealand 901
2 Joe Root England 893
3 Steve Smith Australia 891
4 Marnus Labuschagne Australia 878
5 Virat Kohli India 776
6 Rohit Sharma India 773
7 Babar Azam Pakistan 749
8 Rishabh Pant India 736
9 David Warner Australia 724
10 Quinton De Kock South Africa 717

Here is the list of top 10 bowlers in the ICC Test Rankings

S.No Player Name Country Rating
1 Pat Cummins Australia 908
2 Ravichandran Ashwin India 848
3 Tim Southee New Zealand 824
4 Josh Hazlewood Australia 816
5 Neil Wagner New Zealand 810
6 James Anderson England 800
7 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 798
8 Shaheen Afridi Pakistan 783
9 Jason Holder West Indies 766
10 Stuart Broad England 764

Here is the list of top 5 all-rounders in the ICC Test Rankings

S.No Player Name Country Rating
1 Jason Holder West Indies 434
2 Ben Stokes England 362
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 359
4 Ravichandran Ashwin India 345
5 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 334
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