Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali’s 10-wicket match haul that earned him the Player of the Match in the second Test against South Africa, has lifted him a huge 21 places to 32nd position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.
Hassan who last played for Pakistan in June 2019, made a strong comeback in the series against South Africa.
Pakistan completing a 2-0 sweep over South Africa was followed with good news from the rankings perspective as well, especially with regard to fast bowling, said a press release issued here.
With two other fast bowlers ? Mohammad Abbas in 12th place and Shaheen Afridi on 30th (after gaining four places), their fast-bowling unit was arguably the strongest since 2007, when Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul were all ranked in the top 20. Among Pakistani batsmen, player of the series Mohammad Rizwan has attained a career-best 16th place after scores of 26 and 115 helped him make a leap of 19 places in the list.
Babar Azam has moved ahead of India’s premier Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara while Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam too have continued their ascent.
Faheem had scores of 78 not out and 29 in the second Test, which lifted him from 66th to 47th position while Fawad has gained four places to reach 74th position after aggregating 57 runs in the two innings.—APP