KABUL: After his sensational performance with both bat and ball in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, Afghan star Rashid Khan has gained the number one spot in the latest ICC rankings for all-rounders, the world cricket body said on Sunday.
Rashid topped the bowling charts, picking up 10 wickets from five matches, and also scored 87 runs at an average of 43.50 as Afghanistan put on a commendable performance and crashed out of the Super Four stage in the tournament.
In particular, Rashid put on a stunning all-round show in the group stage match against Bangladesh, where he slammed the second fastest half-century by an Afghan player and scalped two crucial wickets to guide his team to a comfortable win and a seal a place into the next round.
For his efforts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Rashid gained six slots and earned 67 points, which put him on top of the all-rounder rankings, toppling Bangladeshs Shakib Al Hasan.
In the bowlers’ list, Rashid has retained his No.2 spot, while 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has moved up 15 places to take the eighth place after finishing with seven wickets in the Asia Cup. Nabi, meanwhile has gained two slots to reach the 15th position.