Younis Khan rockets to number two; Misbah cracks top 10

Pakistan veteran Younis Khan jumped to number two in the International Cricket Council Test batsmen rankings. The skipper Misbah Ul Haq also gained points and cracked the Top 10 again. The 38-year-old recreated his Oval magic in Abu Dhabi and helped his side wrap up the series against West Indies. He hammered a ton in the opening innings before posting 29 not out in the second innings before Pakistan declared.

His 127 off 205 balls led Pakistan to post first innings tally of 452. The struggling Caribbean side was totaled at 224 in the opening innings. They eventually bowed out to the Men in Green by 133 runs at Sheikh Zayed Sports Complex. The century steered Younis Khan to number two from fifth place in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. He is now standing with 860 points.

The best ranking of the veteran was number one with 880 points seven years ago when Pakistan triumphed over Sri Lanka. Younis Khan smashed a double ton at The Oval a few months ago which not only helped Pakistan squaring the series against England but also made them the number one Test team in the world. After his heroics, Khan cracked the Top five of the ICC Test batsmen rankings. He was placed at number 11 before jumping to the fifth spot in August earlier this year.

The captain, on the other hand, was standing at 11th spot prior to this match. He was just a few runs short of smashing a century in the first innings. His impressive performance boosted him one place higher to number 10 in the new rankings. Misbah is now standing with 842 rating points at this spot.

Azhar Ali retained his career best ranking of number 12 in the new list. He has lost some rating points but remained at number 12 along with England skipper Alastair Cook.

Regardless of England triumphing over Bangladesh in Chittagong, Cook fell two places down to number 12. However, his compatriot Jonny Bairstow gained two places and jumped to number 11.

Australia captain Steve Smith still occupies the top spot with 906 rating points. England star batsman Joe Root fell to number three after Younis Khan gained the points.

In the ICC Test bowling rankings, Ashwin retains his top spot followed by Dale Steyn of South Africa and England’s James Anderson.

Amongst the Men in Green, leg-spinner Yasir Shah is the highest ranked player at number five.

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