Sports: Cricket: Irfan, Williamson achieves career-best rankings


Karachi: Pakistan’s top pacer Mohammad Irfan and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have achieved career-best rankings in the Reliance ICC ODI Players Rankings following the conclusion of the five-match One-Day International series between their teams in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The lanky left-armer Mohammad Irfan took nine wickets in the series, which has helped him rise 11 places to 16th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers. He is now the only Pakistan fast bowler to feature inside the top 20.

Williamson, who led New Zealand in the absence of Brendon McCullum, finished the series as the top scorer with 346 runs and has been rewarded with a jump of three places in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. This has put him in ninth place, the highest he has been since making his ODI debut in August 2010. He also became the top-ranked batsman from his side, leapfrogging Ross Taylor, who has stayed in 11th position in the which latest rankings which were released on Sunday.

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi is the biggest mover in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-Rounders. The veteran of 389 ODIs backed up his eight wickets in the series with 205 runs, which has put him in 18th position in the bowling table (up by 19 places) and 44th position in the batting chart (up by 13 places), respectively. When these performances are taken together, they give him a lift of four places in the all-rounders’ category and a number-five ranking.

New Zealand’s Matt Henry was the leading wicket-taker in the series with 13 wickets and, with those returns, he has rocketed 78 places to sit just outside the top 50 in 58th position.

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