Imran Tahir Becomes Number-One Ranked ODI Bowler in ICC Rankings

Updated: 11 February 2017 16:31 IST

South African wrist-spinner Imran Tahir has climbed two spots in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers following his exploits in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Imran Tahir Becomes Number-One Ranked ODI Bowler in ICC Rankings
Imran Tahir picked up 10 wickets in the series against Sri Lanka © AFP

Wrist-spinner Imran Tahir has jumped to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers after his recent performance against the touring Sri Lankans. Tahir surged to the top of the rankings after his exploits with the ball against the former world champions where he picked up 10 wickets in the just concluded five-match ODI series. Tahir was ranked third with 712 points before the start of the series and he managed to earn 49 points in the series against Sri Lanka that helped him to move past New Zealand's Trent Boult and Sunil Narine of the West Indies to take the top spot.

The 37-year-old is already the number-one ranked bowler in the shortest format of the game and now the South African has managed to do the same in the One-day Internationals as well.

Along with Tahir, South African captain Faf du Plessis has managed to break into the top five for the first time in his career. Du Plessis scored 410 runs with two centuries and a half-century in the series that took him to the fourth spot in ICC Rankings. He leads teammates Quinton de Kock in fifth position and sixth-ranked Hashim Amla by 10 and 25 points, respectively.

The other players for South Africa to have climbed the rankings are Wayne Parnell and Chris Morris. Parnell was the highest wicket-taker of the series, picking up 11 wickets that put him in the 28th position.

Shakib Al Hasan is the number-one ranked all-rounder in ODIs, followed by Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka.

Highlights
  • Imran Tahir climbed up two spots in the ICC Rankings
  • Imran Tahir was ranked 3rd with 712 points before the start of the series
  • Imran Tahir is the number-one ranked bowler in T20s
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