POSTED: Thursday February 26th 2009
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Younus Khan is on top of the world after Karachi triple-century

Pakistan skipper jumps six places to overtake Chanderpaul at the top of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings; Murali under pressure at the top of the bowlers’ list

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.
 
Replying to Sri Lanka’s huge total of 644 during the first Test in Karachi, 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).
 
The 31-year-old has just taken over the captaincy from Shoaib Malik and he could not have started his tenure in more positive fashion from a personal point of view even if the match resulted in a draw.
 
Younus was the only real mover in the top 20 of the rankings although Mahela Jayawardena’s double hundred in the same match means he stays in fourth position as Australia’s Michael Clarke drops two places to fifth position. Having been knocked off his number-one perch, West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul is now in second spot with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka in third.
 
If Younus is going to stay long at the top he will most likely have to continue to score heavily because he has a very slender one-point lead at the top with every player in the top 10 with the exception of Gautam Gambhir of India currently in the middle of or about to start Test series. Gambhir’s opportunity will come when the Test series against New Zealand gets underway on 18 March.
 
Outside the top 20, Thilan Samaraweera of Sri Lanka celebrates his double hundred by moving up five places to 23rd position on the list while Kamran Akmal (up three places to 27th spot) and Shoaib Malik (up four places to 42nd) also made significant improvements.
 
It was tough going for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidaran is still top of the heap but the gap between him and South Africa’s Dale Steyn has now been cut from 43 ratings points to just 17 after Murali took just one wicket in 65 overs bowled.
 
With Dale Steyn just starting a Test series against Australia, there is every chance the Protea could nudge in front of Murali before too long.
 
Sri Lanka’s other big-name spinner Ajantha Mendis also fared badly in the match as he finished with match figures of 59-14-157-1. As a result, he has slipped five places, out of the top 20 to joint-23rd position, and is now level with South Africa’s left-arm slow bowler Paul Harris.
 
Sri Lanka’s left-armer Chaminda Vaas has dropped two places after the Karachi Test and now sits in 10th position, just behind Australia’s Brett Lee. It wasn’t so bad for Danish Kaneria as the spinner took five wickets in the match and moved up one place to 13th position.
 
There is no change in the Reliance Mobile 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.
 
 
Reliance Mobile ICC Test Rankings (as of 26 February)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team      Points    Ave         HS Rating
 
   1           (+6)         Younus Khan       Pak          880 !       51.80      880 v SL at Karachi 2009
   2           (-1)          S.Chanderpaul      WI          879          49.27      901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   3           (-1)          K Sangakkara        SL           847          54.59      938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   4           ( - )          M Jayawardena    SL           834          53.38      854 v Ban at Dhaka 2008
   5           (-2)          Michael Clarke      Aus        825 !       49.40      825 v SA at Sydney 2009
   6           (-1)          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         812          50.23      909 v WI at Headingley 2007
   7           (-1)          Ricky Ponting       Aus        810          56.87      942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
   8           ( - )          Graeme Smith        SA          797          50.57      810 v Aus at Melbourne 2008
   9           ( - )          Gautam Gambhir   Ind          772*!     49.35      772 v Eng at Mohali 2008
  10          ( - )          Mike Hussey        Aus        761          59.36      921 v WI at Kingston 2008
  11          ( - )          Virender Sehwag  Ind          729          51.06      854 v SA at Kolkata 2004
  12          ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA          726          54.57      935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
  13          ( - )          Ashwell Prince     SA          709          45.68      756 v Pak at Centurion 2007
  14=        ( - )          R Sarwan               WI          700 !       41.07      700 v Eng at St John\‘s 2009
                ( - )          Andrew Strauss   Eng         700          42.71      769 v SA at Johannesburg 2005
  16          ( - )          Chris Gayle            WI          697          40.06      704 v Eng at Antigua 2009
  17=        ( - )          Sachin Tendulkar Ind          683          54.27      898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
                ( - )          VVS Laxman          Ind          683          44.45      753 v Aus at Sydney 2004
  19          ( - )          Hashim Amla        SA          671 !       41.30      671 v Aus at Sydney 2009
  20          ( - )          Simon Katich        Aus        670 !       43.43      670 v SA at Sydney 2009
 
Bowlers
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team      Points    Ave         HS Rating
 
   1           ( - )          M Muralidaran     SL           861          22.15      920 v Ban at Kandy 2007
   2           ( - )          Dale Steyn             SA          844          23.08      897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008
   3           ( - )          Stuart Clark           Aus        783*       22.96      863 v WI at Bridgetown 2008
   4           ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus        756*       28.62      779 v SA at Perth 2008
   5           ( - )          Makhaya Ntini      SA          754          28.22      863 v Ind at Durban 2006
   6           ( - )          Jerome Taylor       WI          705*       33.16      717 v Eng at Kingston 2009
   7           ( - )          Ryan Sidebottom Eng         696*       26.14      769 v SA at Lord\‘s 2008
   8           (+1)         Harbhajan Singh  Ind          686          30.88      765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
   9           (+1)         Brett Lee                Aus        673          30.81      811 v WI at Antigua 2008
  10          (-2)          Chaminda Vaas     SL           671          29.40      800 v Ind at Chennai 2005
  11          ( - )          Daniel Vettori        NZ          653          33.09      681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
  12          ( - )          Zaheer Khan         Ind          631          34.04      689 v Pak at Delhi 2007
  13          (+1)         Danish Kaneria     Pak          625          34.05      723 v Eng at Multan 2005
  14          (-1)          Andrew Flintoff    Eng         621          32.07      810 v Pak at Multan 2005
  15          ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         591          35.69      622 v Ind at Chennai 2008
  16          ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA          589          31.12      742 v Eng at Headingley 2003
  17          ( - )          Monty Panesar     Eng         588          33.61      721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007
  18          ( - )          Umar Gul                Pak          577*       32.10      627 v WI at Karachi 2006
  19          (+1)         Fidel Edwards       WI          568          38.83      573 v NZ at Napier 2008
  20          (+1)         Chris Martin          NZ          567          33.55      643 v Eng at Lord\‘s 2004
 
All-rounders
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team      Points                    HS Rating
 
   1           ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA          428                         616 v Pak at Durban 2002
   2           ( - )          Daniel Vettori        NZ          347                         369 v Ban at Dhaka 2008
   3           ( - )          Andrew Flintoff    Eng         292                         501 v Pak at Multan 2005
   4           (+1)         Chris Gayle            WI          282 /*!                   282 v Eng at St John\‘s 2009
   5           (-1)          Chaminda Vaas     SL           278                         300 v WI at Guyana 2008
 
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
 

For more information on the ICC Player Rankings go to: www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com.

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