The Oval Impact: Younis Khan rises to No. 5 in ICC Test rankings

Younis Khan; picture credit: The Dawn

Mumbai: Younis Khan, who scored his sixth double century at the Kia Oval, has returned to top 10 in rankings. He is currently at No.5 after scoring a magnificent 218. Pakistan won the game by 10 wickets and levelled the series.

The 38 year old veteran had a poor series but performed at a crucial juncture to return to the top five. Khan has scored 32 centuries and is Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Test cricket.

Pakistan, who won the first Test at Lord’s lost the next two Test matches at Old Trafford and Edgbaston respectively. They completely outplayed England at the Oval to achieve a commanding 10 wicket victory and made amends.

The 38-year-old veteran started the series in fifth position but dropped out of the top 10 following a run of low scores before his Oval heroics.

Australia captain Steven Smith continues to head a list where England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are still second and third respectively.

Meanwhile James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, remains top of the Test bowling rankings.

The rankings will change as India will take on West Indies at Trinidad & Tobago. Australia is currently taking on Lankan lions at Colombo and New Zealand will be playing South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban.

India has a chance to become No.1 Test side in the world if they defeat WI and other results go in their favour.

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