Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman’ back-to-back centuries during the ongoing series against New Zealand have pushed him to the second spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) latest One Day International (ODI) rankings.
Zaman jumped eight spots to second behind skipper Babar Azam in the latest rankings.
“Fakhar has scored three ODI centuries on the bounce and rises to a career-best rating of 784 rating points and is now the closest challenger to his skipper despite trailing by 103 rating points,” the ICC said on Wednesday.
“It means Pakistan now have three players in the top five on the latest ODI batting charts ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup later this year, with Imam-ul-Haq remaining in fifth place behind his two teammates and South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen and India’s Shubman Gill,” it added.
The 33-year-old left-handed opener hit an undefeated 180 off 144 balls for his tenth ODI hundred.
It followed his 117 in the first match and 101 against the same opponents in January as Pakistan chased a stiff 337-run target in 48.2 overs.
He became only the 12th batter ever and the fourth Pakistani, after Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas and Babar Azam (twice), to hit three consecutive ODI tons.
“It was my lucky day to score again against New Zealand as I got chances,” said Zaman.
“I try to take my time at the start and then with five players in the circle it becomes easier to score.”
Zaman also became the fastest Asian batter to 3,000 runs in ODI history after achieving the feat in 67 innings.