Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saeed Ajmal Spinner achieves career-best ICC ranking

Ajmal’s figures were tremendous as the world’s No. 1 bowler gave away just six runs from his seven overs.
Pakistan's spinners revelled in helpful conditions to crush Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third and final One-Day International on Tuesday to win the series 3-0.

The tourist, bowled out for a modest 177, hit back to dismiss Bangladesh for 119 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Saeed Ajmal has moved to the number one slot in the new ICC official bowler rankings released by the International Cricket Council. Being extremely difficult to read with his variations and perfectly hidden doosra, the off-spinner earned the top position after his performance in the recent series against Sri Lanka held in the United Arab Emirates. Taking important wickets in every match he plays for Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal has risen up as one of the best spinners in the world, along with Graem Swaan of England and Daniel Vettori for New Zealand. Ajmal is also rated at the ninth position in the Test bowlers of the world.

He had an excellent time at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, bowling at an economical rate and regularly taking wickets along with his spin partner Shahid Afridi. In April 2009, Ajmal was reported by umpires for having a suspect bowling action. An independent test the following month demonstrated that Ajmal’s arm flexed within the 15 degree tolerance allowed by the ICC and his action was cleared. 

He has a well disguised doosra and keeps it as a mystery while he bowls. His technique is noted for causing more spin than speed as that is what Ajmal prefers. With his outstanding talent, he has become a leading wicket taker and a very economical bowler with the ability to restrict the opposition in the limited overs format. Due to all this, he is ruling at the top of ICC’s official bowler rankings.

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