Dubai: After a strong performance in the first Test against Bangladesh, which Pakistan won by eight wickets, Shaheen Afridi has broken into the top five of the ICC Men's Test Player Rankings for the first time in his career.
The 21-year-old left-arm bowler, who took seven wickets in the Chittagong Test, including five for 32 in the second innings, has climbed three places to fifth place, passing England's James Anderson, South Africa's Kagiso Rabada, and New Zealand's Neil Wagner.
Hasan Ali, Afridi's new-ball partner, is also in a career-best position following a seven-wicket match haul that included a five-for in the first innings. Hasan is now in 11th place, up five spots. In Tests, his previous high was 14th, which he achieved in May of this year.
Pakistan's opening batsmen also made an impression on the rankings. Abid Ali missed out on a century in the second innings, but his scores of 133 and 91 helped him climb 27 spots to a career-high 20th place, while Abdullah Shafique joined the rankings at 83rd with scores of 52 and 73.