Rashid Khan now top-ranked allrounder in ODI cricket

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Rashid Khan has displaced former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from the top of the all-rounders’ list ICC ODI Player Rankings after the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

The Afghanistan leg-spinner has become the first from his country and 32nd overall to reach top position in the list with a jump of six places.

Rashid’s success with the ball saw him cross the 800-point mark during the tournament, which saw in action five of the 10 teams to fight it out in next year’s World Cup, and he also chipped in with 87 runs to reach a career-best 97th position among batsmen.

India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have made important gains in the rankings after the Asia Cup, which their side lifted by scoring a last-ball victory over Bangladesh in the final.

Rphit, who led the team in the absence of top-ranked batsman Virat Kohli, has shot up two places to a career-best second position to make it a 1-2 for India in the batting rankings.

This is for the second time that Sharma is in second position, having first reached number two in July this year.

Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad has gained 19 slots to reach 36th position, his highest in two years, while spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has gained 15 slots to reach eighth position.

For Bangladesh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has attained a career-best 16th position, while Liton Das has advanced 107 positions to reach 116th rank after his fine century in the final.

The left-arm seamer Mustafizur has moved up four places to take 12th position among bowlers.

Pakistan left-hander Imam-ul-Haq has gained 15 places to reach a career-best 27th position while Shoaib Malik has gained 12 slots to reach 42nd position. Junaid Khan has gained seven slots to reach 30th position among bowlers.

For Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga has gained two positions to reach 41st rank while Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath’s knock of 73 against India has led him to 55th position with 532 points, the highest ever points tally for a Hong Kong batsman.

Rath’s opening partner Nizakat Khan has gained 28 slots to reach a career-best 78th rank.

In the ODI Team Rankings, Afghanistan have gained five points while Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost three points each.

India have also gained one point, but there has been no change in positions in the list led by England, who host next year’s World Cup from 30 May to 14 July.

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