Pakistan speedsters Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali and Shaheen Afridi achieved career-best positions in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after a scintillating show in the second Test against Zimbabwe. Hasan Ali ( 5-27) moved six places up to reach the 14th position while his seam bowling partner Shaheen Afridi ( 5-52) climbed nine spots to settle at 22nd. Spinner Nauman Ali ( 5-86) moved up eight places to reach 46th.
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This was the first instance in 28 years that three bowlers from the same team picked up a 5 wicket haul in the same match. Earlier, Australia’s Paul Reiffel, Shane Warne and Tim May achieved the feat against England at Edgbaston in 1993.
Also, opener Abid Ali, who stroked a magnificent double hundred, advanced 38 places to 40th while Azhar Ali gained four slots to reach 16th. Nauman Ali also stroked a top class 97 in the first innings which saw him gain 35 places to reach 116th spot.
For the hosts, Regis Chakabva moved 16 slots to reach 81st while Luke Jongwe was placed at 133rd. Blessing Muzarabani was awarded for his impressive outing with the ball as he gained four slots to reach 51st.
The hosts were no match to the Pakistan as they couldn’t force them to bat twice in both matches. Hasan Ali was awarded the Man of the Series award for his exemplary performance with the ball. With this win, Pakistan ended a very successful tour to Africa where they defeated South Africa in the ODI and T20I series before clinching the T20I and Test series against Zimbabwe.
Many of the Pakistan experts, however, were not happy with Pakistan playing Zimbabwe in Tests and wanted them to play more against stronger oppositions. Ramiz Raja went to an extent and said that people will switch to football and other sports if this is the level of Test cricket they are going to see.