Younis missed the opening Test of the series due to dengue fever, but returned with a bang in Abu Dhabi, scoring 127 and 29no in Pakistan’s 133-run victory. It was enough for the 38-year-old to leapfrog New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, England star Joe Root and South Africa’s Hashim Amla in the rankings. Only Australia captain Steve Smith sits above Younis in the rankings, still holding a hefty 46-point lead over his Pakistan rival.
It’s Younis’s highest ranking since 2009, when he held the No.1 spot after scoring a triple century in Lahore against Sri Lanka. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq climbed one spot to 10th after scoring 96 in his team’s first innings, while two half-centuries propelled Asad Shafiq up two places to 14th.
For the Windies, left-hander Darren Bravo slipped out of the top 20 after being unable to replicate his first-Test heroics, while Kraigg Brathwaite jumped three places to 32nd after his fighting second-innings half-century.
Jermaine Blackwood’s 95 was enough to see him leap 11 places to 41st.
In the bowling charts, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s match haul of 10-210 in Abu Dhabi saw him return to the top five, sitting level with England’s Stuart Broad in fifth place.