Despite his mediocre performance, Mustafizur Rahman found him top 10 in the latest ICC ODI rankings, which was released on Wednesday.
Basically his four-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in the last ODI match contributed in his giant leap, as he jumped from 16th place to reach 10th place. England fast bowler Chris Woakes shared the place with him.
But it was the two-wicket haul of debutant Ebadot Hossain which helped Bangladesh win that game by 105 runs and avoid the whitewash. He got the key wicket of Sikandar Raza to pave the platform of a Bangladesh victory. Mustafizur basically ripped through Zimbabwe’s lower order to boost his wicket-tally.
Earlier, Mustafiziur’s toothless bowling also caused Bangladesh’s first ever T20 series defeat to Zimbabwe.
Left arm spinner Taijul Islam also improved his rankings following his 2-34 in the last game against Zimbabwe. His ranking is now 53 after leapfrogging 18th place. Mehidy Hasan Miraz however found him demoted in ODI bowling rankings but still he is the best ranked Bangladesh bowler, sitting at eighth position.
Bangladesh batters however didn’t see any improvement following their disappointing performances in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. ODI captain Tamim Iqbal remains the highest ranked batter from Bangladesh, sitting at 16th position.