Pakistani players fall in Test ranking after disastrous show in NZ
Pakistan had a forgettable outing in New Zealand as they lost a test series against Kiwis after almost three decades. Pakistan were dominated in the two-match test series by the hosts and lost it by 2-0.
After an ordinary show with both bat and the ball, Pakistani players have fallen in ICC test ranking.
Pakistan’s veteran middle-order batsman, Younis Khan managed just 16 runs in the two test matches that dropped him to the 10th spot from 5th position in the ranking. Misbah Ul Haq also seen a dip in his ranking, he lost his 10th position and now occupying 14th rank.
Azhar Ali, who was at 12th position before start of the series, has fallen to 17th spot after failing to perform in New Zealand except of the last inning of the second test, where he scored a well-fought half-century.
Asad Shafiq has been out of touch this year and has scored 5 ducks so far in 2016. The man, who is usually known as Pakistan’s most technically sound batsman, is ranked at 24th spot now.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s ace spinner, Yasir Shah also failed to put up an impressive show in New Zealand and was dropped from the second test as Pakistan preferred Wahab Riaz over him and played with four pacers. Yasir Shah has fallen from 6th to 9th position in test ranking.
However, Australia’s skipper, Steven Smith is leading the ICC Test ranking for batsmen with 897 ratings. Whereas, Joe Root and Virat Kohli are holding second and third position with 847 and 833 ratings respectively.
The ICC Test ranking for bowlers is headed by India’s spin-wizard, Ravichandran Ashwin with 891 ratings followed by Rangana Herath and Dale Steyn at second and third spots with 867 and 844 ratings respectively.
Pakistan also lost their second position in team ranking after their 2-0 defeat against New Zealand in series.