Tahir took 10 wickets in the ODI series against
"When I started cricket I never thought I'd be No. 1 bowler, it's all the hard work I've done and I'm very excited," ESPNcricinfo quoted Tahir as saying. "There are a lot of good players in world cricket and coming top of that is a really good achievement and I'm really grateful.
"It's an absolute honour playing for
The leggie was twice previously ranked No. 1 in the 50-over format, when he briefly held the top spot during the 2015 World Cup before being leapfrogged by Mitchell Starc at the end of the tournament. Then again in October 2015, and there is a chance of a bowl-off for the position in this series against
However, the 37-year-old has not been able to achieve the same success at Test level. In his 20 Test appearances, he has scalped 57 wickets at 40.24.
However, he has performed gracefully in the limited-over format. The leggie has taken 121 wickets at 23.21 in 69 ODIs and 49 at an impressive average of 14.61 in 30 T20Is.
"He doesn't bowl bad balls anymore," his teammate AB de Villiers said last month. "He always used to take wickets but now you don't see bad balls, which makes him really difficult to play," he added.