Mustafizur enters into Top 10 in ICC ODI rankings

Although he played poorly, Mustafizur Rahman was ranked number 10 in the most recent ICC ODI rankings, which were made public today.

In essence, his four-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in the most recent ODI encounter helped him make the huge move from 16th to 10th spot. He was there with England fast bowler Chris Woakes.

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However, newcomer Ebadot Hossain’s two-wicket haul enabled Bangladesh win that match by 105 runs and prevent the sweep. He secured Sikandar Raza’s crucial wicket, laying the groundwork for Bangladesh’s triumph. To increase his number of wickets, Mustafizur essentially ripped through Zimbabwe’s lower order.

In fact, his errant bowling in the opening ODI cost Bangladesh the match, which they had been losing to Zimbabwe for nine years. Due to the injury and poor performance of his fellow left-arm bowler, Shoriful Islam, he was benched for the second ODI before returning for the third match.

Prior to it, Mustafiziur’s lackadaisical bowling contributed to Bangladesh’s first-ever T20 series loss to Zimbabwe.

However, Mustafizur’s performance was at its highest point since he rose to the fifth spot in 2018.

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.

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