According to an ICC media release, the 30-year-old, who was standing in as captain for Shoaib Malik, was rock-solid in the second innings when his side were relying on him to survive. At 78-4, things looked decidedly shaky but Younis was then joined by Mohammad Yousuf, himself occupying fourth position in the rankings, and the duo saw off the Indian onslaught.
Younis ended unbeaten on 107 and, coupled with a useful knock of 43 in the first innings, it was enough to lift him above Australia’s Matthew Hayden on the log. It was also a wonderful match for some of Younis’s Pakistan teammates. Maiden centurion Misbah-ul-Haq moved up 22 places to 44th position with his 161 not out in the first innings while wicket-keeper/batsman Kamran Akmal progress five places to 29th spot after a fine 119.
India, too, have their share of upward mobility in the latest rankings. Wasim Jaffer has reached his career-best rating following a stellar match for the man from Mumbai. A double century in the first innings was backed up by a half-century in the second with the result that the 29-year-old moves up no fewer than 17 places to 23rd in the latest rankings.
There was also progress for Sourav Ganguly (up four places to 24th position), VVS Laxman (up one place to 19th position) and Sachin Tendulkar (up one place to 17th spot).
Australia’s Ricky Ponting still leads the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. He is now under serious pressure from South Africa’s Jacques Kallis but even more so from Kumar Sangakkara in third position, who is in such fine form for Sri Lanka.
With the batsmen dominating the match in Kolkata, many of the bowlers have slipped a little in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. India’s Anil Kumble drops one place to joint-sixth position while teammate Zaheer Khan slips a place to 12th spot and Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is down two places to 16th.
Muttiah Muralitharan is still out in front of the bowling rankings and may even stretch his lead when the rankings are updated on Thursday (today) following the conclusion of the Test between Sri Lanka and England in Kandy.
Meanwhile, there is no change at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis almost out of sight. The South African is a remarkable 190 rating points ahead of his nearest rival, Andrew Flintoff of England, with another Protea, Shaun Pollock, in third position.