Hafeez reclaims top ODI all rounder’s spot


Karachi: Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has reclaimed the number one ranking on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounder in the latest update released a day after Pakistan beat Zimbabwe to win the three match series 21.

Hafeez, who won the player of the series award for his 232 runs and two wickets, has leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson and Tillakaratne Dilshan after earning 26 ratings points.

Hafeez first surged to the top of the all-rounder’ rankings on 6 January 2013 after the conclusion of the three match series against India before he conceded the slot to Shakib at the end of the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

While Hafeez gained 17 places on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which has put him in a career best 31st position, he has slipped one place to ninth on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers.

Despite a series defeat, there is some good news for Zimbabwe batsmen, who have improved their rankings.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor leads the pack, jumping five places to 25th spot following his contribution of 148 runs at an average of 78. The other batsmen to head in the right direction are Sean Williams in 57th up by eight and Hamilton Masakadza in 58th up by 12.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla continues to lead the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, with his captain AB de Villiers in second place and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in third spot.

Meanwhile, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has moved up two places to third in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers. He took six wickets in the series and is now just 10 ratings points behind Ravindra Jadeja and Sunil Narine, who share the number one spot.

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