After a match-winning century, Azhar Ali has not only claimed a career-best place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test batsmen but also shares the 10th position with India’s maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
According to information provided by the ICC, Azhar, who scored 157 in the third Test, was rewarded with a leap of 12 places and now has 749 points. Younus Khan’s ton helped him make a leap of five places which puts him back in the fifth position. However, captain Misbahul Haq lost four places to slide to 17th.
In the ICC Rankings for Test bowlers, left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has maintained an upward movement and gained two spots to be placed seventh. Saeed Ajmal also narrowed the gap with leader Dale Steyn and is placed second with a difference of 61 ratings points. Fast-bowler Umar Gul also gained a place and is now in 15th position.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 8th, 2012.
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