The leg-spinner played a central role in Pakistan's win by an innings and 16 run-victory at Abu Dhabi, with figures of 8/41 and 6/143. This helped him jump nine spots to hold the 10th position in the latest Test Rankings for bowlers.
England pacer James Anderson, who picked up just one wicket in two Tests in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka, conceded the top slot to South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.
New Zealand seamer Trent Boult went down two spots to No.8, with Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins and Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin moving up to six and seven respectively.
Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam, who picked up 18 wickets in the two Tests against Zimbabwe, rose six spots to No.21.
There were no major movements in the top 10 Test batsmen, with only Dinesh Chandimal swapping No. 10 for No.11 with Usman Khawaja following the Sri Lankan missing out on the final two Tests due to injury.
Pakistan’s three best-performing batsmen in Abu Dhabi gained plenty, with Azhar Ali, who scored 81 in Pakistan’s only innings, gaining three places to get to No.12.
Haris Sohail, who hit 147, went up 33 spots to No.38 and Babar Azam, who scored 127*, got to No.39.
Mominul Haque’s centuries in consecutive Tests at home placed him at No.24.
Among the all-rounders it was Ben Stokes, who put in good performances in Sri Lanka, slotted above Ashwin at No.5 just behind Shakib Al Hasan, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder and Vernon Philander.
First Published: November 28, 2018, 5:56 PM IST