Imam-ul-Haq’s 94-ball 61 against Afghanistan in the opening ODI in Hambantota propelled him up to third place in the ICC ODI rankings.
Imam (752) is closing in on second place after reaching his 17th half-century in international ODI cricket, trailing only South African powerhouse Rassie van der Dussen (777) by a score of 880 rating points.
After just two runs in the aforementioned game, he passed Fakhar Zaman, who slid to fifth place. Despite losing six rating points for being dismissed for a duck, Babar Azam is still at the top of the list.
Following his 21-ball innings against Afghanistan, Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan climbs three spots to 58th on the list of batters, passing Shubman Gill of India (743 rating points), who is currently in fourth place. Fakhar is currently in fifth place.
With a career-best five-wicket haul, fiery bowler Haris Rauf spearheaded a pace onslaught on Afghanistan and helped Pakistan thrash Afghanistan by 142 runs in the opening ODI.
By reducing Afghanistan to their second-lowest ODI total of 59 in a remarkable 19.2 overs with Rauf’s devastating 5-18 in 6.2 overs, the pacer moved up seven spots to the 36th slot in the ODI bowler rankings and earned his most rating points to date (522).