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Shaheen Afridi in top five of MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings

December 01, 2021 05:49 PM

Dubai, Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has made it to the top five of the MRF Tyres

ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings for the first time in his career after a fine show in the first

Test against Bangladesh which Pakistan won by eight wickets.

The 21-year-old left-armer, who grabbed seven wickets including a haul of five for 32 in the

second innings of the Chittagong Test, has moved up three places to fifth position after

overtaking James Anderson, Kagiso Rabada and Neil Wagner.

Shaheen’s new-ball partner Hasan Ali too is at a career-best position after finishing with a

similar seven-wicket match haul that included a five-for in the first innings. Hasan has

advanced five places to 11th place. His previous best in Tests was 14th, reached in May this

year.

Pakistan’s opening batters were not the ones to be left behind. Abid Ali may have missed

out on a century in each innings but his scores of 133 and 91 helped him shoot up 27 slots to

a career-best 20th position while Abdullah Shafique enters the rankings at 83rd with scores of

52 and 73.

For Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim is up four places to 19th with scores of 91 and 16 while

Liton Das has moved up 26 places to a career-best 31st position after accruing 114 and 59.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam has progressed two places to 23rd after an eight-wicket match

haul that included seven scalps in the first innings.

The thrilling draw in Kanpur between India and New Zealand had quite a few performances

from either side that reflect in the latest weekly update that also includes the first Test between

Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Galle, which the host side won by 187 runs.

Debutant Shreyas Iyer’s Player of the Match effort of 105 and 65 helped him enter the

rankings in 74th position while opener Shubman Gill (up six places to 66th) and Wriddhiman

Saha (up nine places to 99th) also made notable progress after notching half-centuries.

Ravindra Jadeja is up two places to 19th among bowlers with five wickets in the match and

is also up one place to second among all-rounders. Ravichandran Ashwin is the third-ranked

all-rounder and 79th among batters.

For New Zealand, Tom Latham’s knocks of 95 and 52 place him back in the top 10 as he

goes up from 14th to ninth. Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson is ninth among bowlers, his three

wickets in each innings resulting in a gain of six places. Tim Southee has gained 15 rating

points to reach within one point of second-placed Ashwin (840) after his eight-wicket match

haul.

Sri Lanka, whose win in their first match of the ICC Men’s Test Championship put them on

top of the table powered by MRF (on percentage points), also had some improvements after

the Galle Test.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s Player of the Match effort of 147 and 83 has lifted him four

places to seventh, just one below his career-best sixth position attained in August 2019.

Former captains Angelo Mathews (up two places to 23rd) and Dinesh Chandimal (up four

places to 46th) have also advanced.

Left-arm spinners Lasith Embuldeniya (up four places to 37th) and Praveen Jayawickrama

(up six places to 44th) and off-spinner Ramesh Mendis (up 28 places to 57th) have improved

in the rankings for bowlers.

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