Pakistan may not have advanced to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals but several individual players have climbed up the ICC players rankings on the back of a decent, if not spectacular campaigns. The biggest gainer is Babar Azam who has soared to number three on the ICC ODI ranking for batsmen.
At fourth is Faf du Plessis while Ross Taylor, who began the World Cup at No. 3, has only shown middling form through the tournament, and now sits in fifth place. Taylor’s team-mate Kane Williamson has moved up four spots to the eighth place whereas David Warner, who spent a year out of international cricket, has re-entered the rankings in sixth place.
Pakistan’s opener Imamul Haq has also seen his ranking improve three places. He now is 11th on the ODI ranking for batsmen. The top two remain unchanged among ODI bowlers too, with Jasprit Bumrah’s 17 World Cup wickets at 19.52 helping him extend his lead over the No. 2-ranked Trent Boult from 21 points to 58.
On the other hand, England dethroned India to rise to the top of One-day International rankings after winning their last two World Cup matches against India and New Zealand. As per the latest rankings released by the ICC, World Cup hosts England led the chart with 123 points, followed by India (123) and New Zealand (112).
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27 September, 2019