Paul Stirling scored 285 runs from three games against Afghanistan.© Twitter
The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the latest Men’s ODI Player Rankings on Wednesday, with Irish all-rounder Paul Stirling and Bangladeshi spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz taking remarkable gains following their good performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Stirling has won eight slots to reach 20th place after scoring 285 runs against Afghanistan, including centuries in the second and third matches. The brave attempt in the series in Abu Dhabi, which his team lost 3-0, has taken him to the top of the championship standings with 441 runs in six games.
Stirling also scored 135 points in his squad’s previous series against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was not part of the Super League and which ended in a 1–1 draw.
Off-spinner Mehidy was the most successful bowler in the series against the West Indies, scoring his side 3-0 and his commitment is reflected in the latest update of the ODI rankings.
Mehidy moved up nine places to fourth after taking seven wickets, including a four-for-25 swipe in the second ODI that won him the player of the match prize.
Left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman’s six wickets in the series have moved him from 19th to eighth position, while other Bangladeshis to win in the latest rankings update Shakib Al Hasan (15 places up to 13th among bowlers) and Mushfiqur Rahim (up one place to 15th among batsmen) after their player’s performance of the match in the first and third matches respectively.
Captain Tamim Iqbal (up one place to 22) and Mahmudullah (up five places to 49) among batsmen and Mohammad Saifuddin (up three places to 43rd) among bowlers have also moved up to Bangladesh, while West Indian fast bowler Alzari Joseph has moved 11 slots has won to reach the 34th position.
In other wins for Irish players, Curtis Campher has advanced 81 places and is 100th among batsmen. Andy McBrine has won two slots to reach 33rd position and Simi Singh has moved up 30 places to reach 64th among bowlers.
The Afghan Hashmatullah Shahidi (70th to 66th), Rashid Khan (96th to 89th) and Javed Ahmadi (103rd to 99th) have risen in the batsman rankings.
The UAE saw some gains for their players too, with Muhammad Usman moving five places to reach 78th position after hitting a century in the first match of the series and Rohan Mustafa winning six slots to reach 55th.
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