Younus Khan becomes No.1 Test batsman after scoring triple century

February 26th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, Feb 26 (ANI): Pakistan skipper Younus Khan has jumped six places to overtake S. Chanderpaul at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings.

A triple-century from Pakistan’s new captain Younus Khan has earned him six places and put him on top of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career.

Younus batted for nearly 13 hours, facing 568 balls and hitting 27 fours and four sixes for his 313. He became just the third Pakistan player in history to get past the 300-run mark in a single Test innings after Hanif Mohammad (337 v West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (329 v New Zealand at Lahore in 2002).

Chanderpaul is now in second spot with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka in third.

It was tough going for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidaran is still top, but the gap between him and South Africa’s Dale Steyn has now been cut from 43 ratings points to just 17.

There is no change in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all rounders with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis still out in front, followed by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second and England’s Andrew Flintoff third. (ANI)

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