Abdur Rehman continues to rise in ICC Test Rankings

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has maintained an upward movement in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowler which were updated after the Dubai Test which finished on Monday.

Rehman has gained two more places after figures of five for 40 and two for 97. He now sits pretty in seventh position.

The 31-year-old had entered the series in 19th position and after finishing with 19 wickets, he has managed to gain 12 places in the bowlers’ chart.

Rehman alone earned 29 ratings points from the third Test and now trails England’s sixth-ranked Graeme Swann by the smallest margin of one ratings point.

England’s Monty Panesar is the other left-arm spinner to head in the right direction. Panesar had figures of two for 25 and five for 125, efforts which were enough to earn him four places and 30th spot on the bowlers’ chart.

Saeed Ajmal, who won the player of the series award for claiming 24 wickets in the series, has consolidated his second position while achieving his career-best rating of 835.

Saeed had entered the series in 12th position, trailing number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa by 190 ratings points. This lead has now been trimmed to 61 ratings points.

Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has gained one place on the bowlers’ table and he is now in 15th position. While doing so, he has also achieved a career-best rating of 624 ratings points.

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