Cricket: Ahmed Shahzad jumps to career best ranking after heroics in HarareAugust 26, 2013
Karachi: Prolific Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad jumped 41 places to a career best 18th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is.
Ahmed played pivotal role in Pakistan’s 20 series triumph against host Zimbabwe in Harare.
Shehzad was the highest run getter of the series from either side with 168 runs, and was named player of the series for his effort. His unbeaten knock of 98 in the second match is also the highest individual score by a Pakistan batsman to date in Twenty20 Internationals.
The only other change in the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen was Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza, who moved up two places to 12th.
Outside the top 20, other batsmen to move in the right direction were Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor in 33rd up by two and Elton Chigumbura in 47th up by 10.
The batting table is still headed by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, followed by England’s Alex Hales in second place and Australia allrounder Shane Watson in third spot.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has moved up a place to a career best third in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, with a best ever 689 ratings points.
Also moving up in the bowling list is Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya, who is now at a best ever seventh with a career high of 667 ratings points after jumping two spots.
Shahid Afridi has re-entered the top 10 after moving up one position to 10th place, becoming the third Pakistan bowler in the top 10.
Outside the top 20, Sohail Tanvir moved up a place to 30th.
The bowlers’ table is still headed by West Indies’ Sunil Narine, with Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in second place.