Pakistan cricket team pacer Shaheen Afridi and left-handed batter Fawad Alam have made some big gains in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings. Both the Pakistani cricketers have achieved their career-best position in the cricket ranking after thrashing the West Indies team in the second and the final Test of their two-match ICC World Test Championship series in Kingston, ending the series in a 1-1 draw.
Afridi clinched 10 wickets in the game to help his team win the match by109 runs, which ultimately launched him 10 spots to his career-best eighth position in the Test Bowling Rankings. Afridi gave his best Test performance as he returned figures of 6/51 and 4/43 in the second Test match against West Indies to complete his 10-wicket haul. With this, he has become only the second Pakistani left-arm pacer after Wasim Akram to take a 10-wicket haul. He totalled his wicket tally to 18 at an average of 11.27 at the end of the series, which also made him the Player of the Series.
On the other hand, Fawad Alam‘s phenomenal unbeaten 124 in the first innings propelled him up 34 slots to place him in his career-best 21st position in the Test Batting Rankings. Fawad Alam has smashed four tons so far after making his comeback to Test cricket in August last year.
Furthermore, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has also shot up the cricket ranking, attaining the seventh in the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen. He registered runs of 30, 55, 75, and 33 in the Test series against the West Indies. His 75-run knock played an instrumental role in helping the visitors gain control of the match. He struck his 18th Test half-century during the series and end the series with a total of 193 runs at 48.25.
Mohammad Rizwan has also made some major gains, gaining his spot back into the top 20 at the 19th position with the help of his 31 and 10* runs.
Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali has also leap-frogged two positions, thanks to his three-wicket haul in the second innings of the second game that pushed him up from the 48th position to the 46th position.
As for West Indies, Jason Holder has jumped up six places in the Test Batting Rankings to achieve the 37th rank. While fast bowler Jayden Seales moved up four slots to rank among the bowlers. He picked up 11 wickets in the series.
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