KARACHI: Star performer Saeed Ajmal and Younis Khan in the first Test against Zimbabwe have improved their Player Rankings for Tests, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Sunday.
Off-spinner Saeed and Younis Khan, played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s 221 runs victory in the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, have gained in the Tests ranking.
While Saeed’s match haul of 11 for 118 has helped him move up a place to third in the latest ICC Ranking for bowlers and Younis got a jump of two places to sixth for his unbeaten knock of 200 in the second innings on batsmen ranking.
Saeed Ajmal’s effort with the ball have helped him gain 36 ratings points to thereby regain the number-three slot from Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath. Saeed was last ranked third at the end of the Test series against South Africa in February 2013.
If the performance in the first Test is anything to go by, then Saeed could potentially over-take South Africa’s second-ranked Vernon Philander if he delivers a similar performance in the second Test also starting in Harare, from September 10.
Test bowlers ranking is still headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
Outside the top 20, the only other bowler to make a positive move was Pakistan’s Junaid Khan in 34th (up by four).
Apart from the Player of the Match in the Harare Test, Younis Khan, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq in 15th (up by one) is the only other batsman inside the top 20 to head in the right direction in the Test batsmen ranking.