Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have improved their ODI batting rankings following the latest update from the International Cricket Council.
Zaman, who rose to second spot in the T20I batsmen rankings after scoring 278 runs in T20I tri-series, has jumped 14 places to number 24 in ODI rankings after consistent showing in the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe.
Fakhar Zaman backed his four 40 plus scores in the Zimbabwe T20I tri-series with 60, 117* and 47* in the first three ODIs against Zimbabwe. The hundred in the second ODI was also Zaman's second in his ODI career.
Zaman’s opening partner Imam has also seen a significant improvement in his rankings, breaching the top 100 batsmen mark. Imam has jumped 70 places and currently sits at the 94th spot on the table. Imam scored a brilliant 128 in the first ODI to set the foundation for a good score. He backed his form with another 44 runs in the second ODI but failed in the third where he fell for a golden duck.
Meanwhile middle-order batsman Babar Azam, who recently returned after an injury suffered during the second Test against England earlier this year, has been leapfrogged by Joe Root into second place, after the English batsman scored back-to-back centuries against India.
Root had scores of three, 113* and 100*, which have earned him 34 points and have now put him 93 points behind India captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli has also strengthened his position at the top of the tree following scores of 75, 45 and 71. Although he has earned just two points, these are enough to lift him to a career-high 911 points, which are sixth best in the list of all-time points and the highest since Australia’s Dean Jones tally of 918 points in March 1991.
In the bowlers’ list, the biggest news is the movement of India’s Kuldeep Yadav. The left-arm wrist-spinner took nine wickets in the series, including six for 25 at Trent Bridge, which have been rewarded with a rise of eight places to a career-high sixth position.