Missing the first Test, Younis Khan scored a valiant century on his comeback match in 2nd Test vs West Indies    AFP
Missing the first Test, Younis Khan scored a valiant century on his comeback match in 2nd Test vs West Indies AFP

Pakistan batsman and veteran player Younis Khan has moved three places higher to No. 2 spot in the latest ICC Test Batsmen Rankings following his side s 133 runs victory over West Indies in Abu Dhabi. With this win, Pakistan also have an unassailable lead in the three-Test series by having a 2-0 margin with one match to go. Younis, who had missed the opening Test due to illness, which was played under lights, has leapfrogged New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, England batsman Joe Root and South Africa s Hashim Amla with innings of 127 and 29 not out. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

According to ICC media release, Younis, who claimed the top spot in March 2009 following his triple century in Lahore against Sri Lanka, hasn t been ranked as high as second since July 2009. Younis now leads Root by eight points but trails Australia s No. 1 ranked Steven Smith by 46 points.

Younis’ skipper and another prolific batsman for Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq, who has gained one place to take the No. 10 spot after scoring 96 in his only innings of the match. Asad Shafiq is the other Pakistani batsman to rise in the rankings and climb to the No. 14th spot following his twin half-centuries in the recently-concluded match. ALSO READ: Pakistan name unchanged squad for 3rd Test vs West Indies

For West Indies, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo has slipped out of the top 20 but Kraigg Brathwaite has moved up three places and is now sitting pretty at the No. 32nd spot. Jermaine Blackwood has gained 11 places and is now at No. 41st position.