Pakistan senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who returned to international cricket with a cracking century against Sri Lanka in the first Test, zoomed to the number one spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings.
Returning to Pakistan cricket after a one and half years gap after snapping ties with rebel Indian Cricket League, Yousuf announced his arrival by hitting a pivotal 112 in the first innings at Galle.
The numero uno status, which Yousuf attained toppling skipper Younus Khan gives Pakistan a 1-2 position in the table for the first time since the rankings were introduced in June 1987.
Yousuf was second when he was removed from the rankings table early in 2009 as Pakistan had not played a Test match since before the qualification date for the rankings.
Even though Yousuf shone with the bat, Pakistan made a mess of things on the fourth day of the Test when it lost eight wickets for 46 runs to lose by 50 runs while chasing a modest 168-run target.
Younus, who scored 25 and 3 in the Test, paid the price for his failures as he not only dropped to second position but also conceded 30 valuable points.
His Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 9 and 14, has dropped two places to fifth position.