Hasan Ali
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Pakistan's Hasan, Nauman and Shaheen attain career-bests in ICC Test Player Rankings

Abid Ali in 40th place after double century in Harare; Zimbabwe’s Chakabva and Muzarabani also move up in the weekly update

Dubai, May 12, 2021

Pakistan bowlers Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali and Shaheen Afridi have all achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings announced here today after becoming the first trio from their country to grab five-wicket hauls in the same match.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali (5-27 in the first innings), left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (5-52 in the second innings) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (5-86 in the second innings) played important roles as Pakistan won the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare by an innings and 147 runs to complete a 2-0 series win.

Hasan has moved up six places to 14th position, Shaheen is up nine places to 22nd and Nauman has gone from 54th to 46th position after registering only the sixth instance of three bowlers from one side finishing with five-wicket hauls in the same Test, an ICC press release said.

It was the first such instance in 28 years, the last one being when Australia’s Paul Reiffel, Shane Warne and Tim May achieved the feat against England at Edgbaston in 1993.

Australia's Pat Cummins tops the rankings, followed by Ravichandran Ashwin of India, Neil Wagner of New Zealand, James Anderson of England and Josh Hazlewood of Australia in the top five.

Meanwhile, opener Abid Ali’s player of the match performance of 215 not out has helped him advance 38 places to 40th among batsmen while Azhar Ali has gained four slots to reach 16th position after scoring 126. Nauman has also gained in this list, his quick 97 lifting him 35 places to 116th spot.

For Zimbabwe, Regis Chakabva has gained 16 slots to reach 81st place after scores of 33 and 80 while Luke Jongwe has entered the rankings in 133rd position. Fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani’s haul of three for 82 sees him advance four places to 51st. Tendai Chisoro is up 11 slots to 110th position.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand tops the batting rankings, followed by Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia, Joe Root of England and Virat Kohli of India in the top five.


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