Impressive Abbas jumps up to the third spot in ICC Test bowlers ranking

Impressive Abbas jumps up to third spot in ICC Test bowlers ranking

Pakistan’s right-arm fast bowler, Mohammad Abbas jumped up eleven positions after his ten-for in the second Test against Australia to occupy the third spot in ICC Test rankings for bowlers.

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and England’s James Anderson are ahead of Abbas with first and second position respectively.

Mohammad Abbas, who was placed at the 21st position before the series, impressed the whole cricket fraternity during the two-match Test series against the Aussies, taking 17 wickets in the campaign at an average of 10.58.

The average maintained by Abbas during the Test series is the best by any fast bowler against the mighty Australians in the last 100 years.

Moreover, he became Pakistan’s first fast bowler since 2006 to take a ten-wicket haul in a Test match, previously Mohammad Asif destroyed Sri Lanka at Kandy.

In the last ten years, the best bowling figures by Pakistan’s fast bowlers are either from the mesmerising Mohammad Asif or by the magical Mohammad Abbas.

The 28-year old pacer impressed everyone with his ability to make the ball talk, even South Africa’s seasoned pacer Dale Steyn predicted him to become the top-ranked Test bowler.

Pakistan clinched the series two-match series by 1-0, which gave Pakistan seven points,  reducing their lead against sixth-ranked Sri Lanka by two points.

Fakhar Zaman had an impressive Test debut for Pakistan in the series, scoring 94 and 66 runs respectively in the Test, which got him 68th spot in the ranking.

Pakistan’s skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed and the talented Babar Azam also benefitted from their performance in the series occupying 25th and 76th place respectively.

Bilal Asif had a dream start to his Test career, getting a five-wicket haul on his maiden outing for Pakistan, he is now the 52nd-ranked Test bowler of the world.