Hasan Ali emerged as the top bowler in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) latest One Day International (ODI) rankings released on Friday.
Ali jumped six spots in the rankings to reach the top of the list, according to a statement issued on ICC’s website.
The fast-bowler’s boost in the rankings follows his haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, when Pakistan took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
The 23-year-old who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, follows New Zealand’s Trent Boult, South Africa’s Imran Tahir, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada and Austrlia’s Josh Hazlewood in being the top of ICC’s ODI rankings this year, according to the statement.
Ali also became the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 wickets in ODIs, achieving the feat in only 24 matches. He played an important part in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory earlier this year.
Mohammad Hafeez is also at the top of ICC’s ranking for all-rounder for the ninth time since 2013, the statement said.
Their teammate and middle-order batsman Babar Azam has also jumped to number four in ODI rankings after his back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka in the first two matches of the series.