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Mehedi Hasan climbs high in ICC rankings after series-winning performance

Mehedi Hasan picked 19 wickets in the two-match series
Mehedi Hasan picked 19 wickets in the two-match series
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Following a remarkable debut series against England, Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan has made an impactful entry to the International Cricket Council Test rankings for bowlers.

In the first Test, Mehedi picked seven wickets but his best performance came in the second game in Dhaka where he picked six-wicket haul in each of the innings to ensure a 108-run win for the home side - their first against England and more importantly levelled the series 1-1.

For his heroics in Dhaka, Mehedi was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series awards which took him to the 33rd position in ICC rankings for bowlers.

Mehedi now is the second highest ranked bowler for Bangladesh in Tests behind Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently at 15th after picking five wickets in the second Test.

Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal has climbed four positions and is now placed at 20th following his knocks of 104 and 40 while for his 59-run knock in the second innings, Alastair Cook has moved one place up to 11th in the list headed by the Australian captain Steven Smith.

Despite a half-century in the first innings, England vice-captain Joe Root has moved down to places to fifth spot.

England bowlers Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes have improved their rankings in the bowlers category and are now placed at 18th, 21st and 25th respectively.

The 108-run victory also helped Bangladesh gain eight points in the team rankings and they are now just two points behind eighth placed West Indies while England now have moved to the fourth position after losing three points.

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