ICC players rankings February 26, 2009

Triple-ton propels Younis to No. 1 spot

Cricinfo staff

Younis Khan is on top of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen © AFP

Younis Khan has jumped up six places to the No. 1 spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen following his 313 against Sri Lanka in the first Test at the National Stadium in Karachi. Younis scored a triple-century in the run-fest - the match also included two double-hundreds and a 150-plus score - and the new Pakistan captain's effort in their first Test in 14 months was enough to topple West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Younis' 313 helped Pakistan amass 765 for 6 in reply to Sri Lanka's 644 for 7. His was the third triple-century by a Pakistan batsman following Hanif Mohammad's 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1958 and Inzamam-ul-Haq's 329 against New Zealand in Lahore being the others.

It marked a positive start with the bat for Pakistan's new leader; this was Younis' first game in charge since he took over from Shoaib Malik last month. Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, remained in fourth spot, despite his 248 in Karachi, with Kumar Sangakkara in third. With only a one-point lead, Younis will however find it tough to retain his position.

In the bowlers' rankings, Muttiah Muralitharan's lead at the top was reduced to 17 points after he took just the one wicket in 65 overs in Karachi, while Chaminda Vaas dropped two places to No. 10.

ICC Player Rankings

Test batsmen




PAK 880
WI 879
SL 847
SL 834
AUS 825
ENG 812
AUS 810
SA 797
IND 772
AUS 761
  Top 100

Test bowlers




SL 861
SA 844
AUS 783
AUS 756
SA 754
WI 705
ENG 696
IND 686
AUS 673
SL 671
  Top 100