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Younis Khan makes history; first Pakistani to join 10,000-run club
Monday, April 24, 2017
By: Mushtaq A Subhani

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Veteran cricketer Younis Khan has become the first Pakistani batsman in Test cricket to complete 10,000 runs when he reached 23 on the first day of the first Test against West Indies here at the Sabina Park on Friday.

Overall, he is the 13th batsman in Test cricket to join the 10,000-run club. Other members of the elite club were three Australians – Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Smith - three Indians – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar - two West Indians – Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul – and two Sri Lankans – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene - along with Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Alastair Cook of England.

Tendulkar is the leading run-getter with 15,921in a record 200 Test matches while no other batsman could reach even 14,000-run mark.

Younis has achieved numerous feats in his illustrious 116-Test career and the 10,000 runs will probably be his last milestone as he has announced it will be the last Test series of his 17-year career.

Before Younis, no player from Pakistan has even come close to reaching this milestone, with Javed Miandad (8,832), Pakistan’s most prolific batsman for 30 years until Younis Khan’s six off Moeen Ali of England in Abu Dhabi in 2015 that took him past Miandad’s tally.

Younis had even thought about retiring after he broke Miandad’s record but the motivation of becoming the first from Pakistan to 10,000 runs kept him going.

“I had a plan to retire after surpassing Javed bhai’s record then I was motivated to complete 10,000 runs so I have decided to get them,” Younis told media when he announced his retirement.

The Pakistan stalwart is a man of many records. He holds the records of making the most runs and scoring the highest number of centuries for Pakistan.

He has so far scored 10,035 runs, which included 1,000 or more runs against four different countries. One more country may be added to the tally if he scores further 34 runs against the West Indies.

The 39-year-old batsman also holds the record of getting the highest average with 53.06 per innings. Only three other Pakistani batsmen – Javed Miandad (52.57), Mohammad Yousuf (52.57) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (50.16) - crossed the average of 50 in a Test career.

The highest score by Younis was 313, which he made against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2009. He was the third Pakistani to hit a Test triple century, after Hanif Mohammad (337) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (329). Later, Azhar Ali became the fourth by scoring 302 against West Indies in a day-night Test match.

Besides a triple-century, five double hundreds were also included in his 34 Test centuries, the sixth most in the world. Sachin Tendulakar with 51 is the leading century-maker in Test cricket.

His 34 hundreds in just 207 innings include eight against Sri Lanka, five against India, four each against Australia, England and South Africa, three each against West Indies and Bangladesh, two against New Zealand and one against Zimbabwe.

He is the first and the only player in the world to have scored a Test hundred in 11 countries that have hosted Test matches and only batsman from Pakistan to hit centuries against all other nine Test playing nations and the 12th International player to achieve this feat.

He is among the nine Pakistani batsmen who made a century in each innings of a Test match. It was in October 2014 when he reached his 25th Test century against Australia and made his 26th in the second innings of the same Test match to break Inzamam’s record of hitting the highest number of centuries for Pakistan and also to become the sixth Pakistani batsman to hit a century in each innings of the same Test.

He is also one of the five Pakistani cricketers who appeared in more than 100 Test matches. Other four are Miandad (124), Inzamam (119), Wasim Akram (104) and Saleem Malik (103).

Besides, Younis is the first and the only Pakistani fielder to take 100 or more catches in Test cricket, with 131 in 116 matches. He also held 135 catches in ODIs and 12 in T20Is.

In his 116-Test career, Younis has also missed a number of matches mainly due to a tussle with the PCB, as well as deaths in the family.
 
 
 
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