Pakistan’s young pace sensation Hasan Ali was at the top of the newly released ICC ODI player rankings which were released on Friday.
This is the first time the 23-year-old – who made his debut against Ireland in August last year - topped the bowlers’ rankings in his career.
The surge was the result of his extraordinary performances during Pakistan’s ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka. He registered his career’s third 5-fer in the third ODI against Sri Lanka which his side won comfortably to attain an unassailable lead of 3-0.
He has bagged nine wickets in three matches so far at an average of 11.33.
Mohammad Hafeez replaced Bangladesh’s Shakib-ul-Hasan as number one all-rounder in the fifty-over cricket a day after he was reported for a suspect action for the third time in the last three years. This is the ninth time he has attained the spot.
AB De Villiers’ electrifying 176 off 104 balls during the second of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh at Paarl took him to the number one in ODI rankings for the batsmen.
This is the second time the South African held the coveted spot. He topped the charts for the first time in May 2010.
De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained top position on 30 May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days while Richards was number one for 2,306 days.
Twenty-three-year-old one-drop batsman Babar Azam jumped two spots in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings to secure a career-best number four spot with his two back-to-back centuries against the Sri Lankans in the first two ODIs.