In-form pacer Shaheen Afridi can now lay claim to being the best ODI bowler in the world after the spearhead completed an impressive start to the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup by climbing to the No.1 ranking in the latest ODI Bowling rankings.
Afridi has been sensational for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup and is currently the joint-top wicket-taker for the tournament along with Australian spinner Adam Zaba, with the duo taking 16 scalps each.
The towering left-armer took three more wickets during Pakistan’s emphatic triumph over Bangladesh in Kolkata on Tuesday to keep his side’s semi-final hopes alive and also helped the 23-year-old thrash the last nine of his contemporaries to claim the mantle as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler.
Australia’s Josh Hazlewood (2nd), India’s Mohammed Siraj (third) and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj (fourth) all slip one place thanks to Afridi’s nine-place jump, with spin duo Kuldeep Yadav (seventh) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (eighth ) to both gain two places in the top 10.
It is the first time Afridi has held the No.1 ranking in any format and means Pakistan’s batsmen hold the top spot in two ODI categories simultaneously as skipper Babar Azam maintains his slim lead at the top of the respective batting list.
But Babar’s lead at the top of the ODI batter’s rankings has been cut to just two rating points, with the Pakistan captain almost paying the price for an innings of just nine runs against Bangladesh.
The right-hander has a total of 216 runs from seven World Cup innings and his nearest challenger in India’s Shubman Gill is yet to capitalize with just 104 runs from four hits.
The contenders continue to close in on the top pair, with experienced Australian all-rounder David Warner moving up one place to fourth after his 413 World Cup runs, while Indian skipper Rohit Sharma improves three places to fifth after his 398 runs for the tournament. .
Scott Edwards is another impressive player in the ODI batters’ list, with the Netherlands captain moving up 11 places to tie for 16th after 204 runs from six World Cup appearances.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan maintains his lead at the top of the ODI all-rounders rankings, with South African left-armer Marco Jansen moving up two places to ninth and New Zealand youngster Rachin Ravindra climbing 14 places on the 17th.
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