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Younis Khan jumps to second position in ICC Test rankings

Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Rahat Ali achieved career-best rankings

Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan jumped three places to reach the second spot in the latest ICC Test rankings that came out after the conclusion of the second Test between Pakistan and West Indies. Their 133 run win over West Indies helped Pakistan take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series. Younis had missed the first Test due to a minor bout of dengue. 

West Indies’ dismal showing meant that Darren Bravo slipped out of the top-20. Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored a fighting 67 in the final innings, moved three places to reach the 32nd rank. Jermaine Blackwood took a big leap of 11 places after falling just five short of his second Test ton in the fourth innings. 

Along with Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq is another Pakistani batsman who features in the top-10. The 42-year old gained one place to reach the 10th spot after scoring 96 in the first innings of the match. 

Younis had reached the top of the rankings in 2009 after scoring a triple century against Sri Lanka. Steven Smith still leads the batting charts, with Joe Root, Hashim Amla and Kane Williamson occupying the third, fourth and fifth position respectively.

Also read – Stats: Younis Khan breaks record for most Test centuries after the age of 35

Yasir Shah, with another 10-wicket haul in a match, jumped back into the top-5, having held the top position after his stunning performance against England a few months back. Rahat Ali and Shannon Gabriel also achieved career best rankings after a good outing with the ball in the second Test.

19-year old spinner Mehedi Hassan entered the 61st spot with figures of six for 80 in his debut innings at Chittagong. He was part of the Bangladesh team that participated in the U-19 World Cup last year, finishing third. 

Ben Stokes, who received the Man of the Match award in the Chittagong Test, gained eight places to reach 36. Apart from scoring 85 in the second innings, he picked up six wickets in the match to move to 23rd in the bowlers’ rankings.

ICC batsmen’s top 10 

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Steve Smith (AUS)906
2Younis Khan (PAK)860
3Joe Root (ENG)852
4Hashim Amla (SA)847
Kane Williamson (NZ)841
6Ajinkya Rahane (IND)825
7Adam Voges (AUS)802
8AB de Villiers (RSA)802
9David Warner (AUS)772
10Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK)765
 

ICC bowler’s top 10

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)900
2Dale Steyn (RSA)878
3James Anderson (ENG)861
4Rangana Herath (SL)831
Stuart Broad (ENG)829
=5Yasir Shah (PAK)829
7Ravindra Jadeja (IND)805
8Mitchell Starc (AUS)792
9Neil Wagner (NZ)731
10Vernon Philander (RSA)723
 
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