Sports: Cricket: Sarfraz achieves career best ratings in UAENovember 21, 2014
Karachi: Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has achieved a career-best ranking of 18th position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his scores of 112 and 24 not out against New Zealand in the drawn second Test, which concluded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.
Having been sidelined for years, Sarfraz is enjoying remarkable form in UAE, earlier against Australia and now against New Zealand. Sarfraz’s century in the first inning helped Pakistan in reducing lead to only by ten runs after New Zealand had scored 403 runs.
Although the 27-year-old player made international debut in 2007, he has played only 29 ODIs, 12 Tests and four T20Is.
Meanwhile, New Zealander skipper Brendon McCullum has broken into the top 20 and moved up two places to 19th after his innings of 43 and 45. His team-mate Tom Latham moved up 19 places to 36th position after his second Test century – 137 runs – in the first innings, while Mark Craig has vaulted 28 places into 97th after scores of 43 and 34.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Pakistan’s Zulfiqar Babar gained three places and is now in a career high 28th following his match figures of eight for 233. Yasir Shah moved up five places to 30th.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult has climbed three places to 10th position after taking four wickets for 81 runs in the match. Off-spinner Craig is another player to progress, advancing three places to 88th.
The batting table continues to be headed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, while Dale Steyn leads the bowlers’ list. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the number-one ranked all-rounder.
With Pakistan now holding a 1-0 lead in the series, the third and deciding Test will start in Sharjah on Wednesday.
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